Council of Europe urges Germany, Netherlands to normalize dialogue with Turkey

18:42, 13 March 2017

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland calls for dialogue over Turkish foreign campaigning. The announcement is published on the official website of the organization.

The Secretary General believes that all Turkish citizens, inside and outside the country, should have ample opportunity to be informed about the proposed constitutional amendments and to engage in an open, fair and inclusive discussion in the referendum campaign.

"The situation is now damaging to diplomacy and democracy. We cannot allow it to escalate any further,” underlined Jagland.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry called on Ankara to refrain from “extremes and provocations”.

As it was reported earlier, the diplomatic conflict started when Germany and the Netherlands banned a number of announcements by Turkish authorities. They had to advocate the Turkish community in Europe to vote for the Constitutional reform at the future referendum, which would significantly enlarge the powers vested in the President of Turkey.

The disturbances occurred in Rotterdam after a visit of several Turkish ministers was cancelled on Saturday.

Turkish leaders accused Europeans of fascism and threatened the Netherlands with sanctions.