European Commission asks from Turkey not to escalate the situation

EPA / MATTHIAS SCHRADER

A file picture dated 07 October 2006 shows the Turkish national flag flying close to the European Union flag in Istanbul, Turkey.

European Commission asks from Turkey not to escalate the situation


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The European Commission calls Ankara “to avoid further escalation and find ways to calm down the situation,” following recent tensions between Turkey and some EU Member States.

“Decisions with regard to the holding of meetings and rallies in Member States are a matter for the Member State concerned, in accordance with the applicable provisions of international and national law,” clarified Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesperson of the European Commission.

As for Turkey, the Commission calls on Turkey “to refrain from excessive statements and actions that risk further exacerbating the situation”.

”Matters of concern can only be resolved through open and direct communication channels”. The Commission “will continue to provide our good offices in the interest of EU-Turkey relations”, stressed Schinas, adding that references to “nazis: on behalf of Turkey are allude to a dark period of Europe’s history that “we need to forget”.

Schinas did not further comment on the way Mark Rutte’s government has chosen to treat both Family Minister Fatma Betul Kaya and Turkish journalists that according to reports were briefly detained in Rotterdam after the minister’s vehicle was blocked in order to stop her from entering the Turkish consulate in the Dutch city, where foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was to take part in local “Yes” Turkish referendum-supporters rally.

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