Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, are “unacceptable.” That is, Turkey is no longer ready to keep these ambassadors.
These rodents will now have to leave Turkey. Erdogan’s decision came after ambassadors issued a statement demanding the immediate release of Turkish activist Osman Guard.
Kavala has been in jail for more than four years. Although he has not been proven guilty, he has been accused of supporting the protests and attempting a coup.
Ambassadors from the United States, France, Finland, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden called for the immediate release of Osman Guard. These 10 countries are Turkey’s NATO allies.
Understand Turkey or leave it here: Erdogan
The Council of Europe, Europe’s leading body for human rights, has issued a final warning to Turkey in compliance with a European Court of Human Rights order ordering the release of a guard from a pending trial.
Addressing a public meeting on Saturday, Erdogan said ambassadors from other countries could not “dare to give orders” to Turkey’s foreign ministry.
He said, “I have given the necessary orders to our foreign ministers and told them what should happen. These 10 ambassadors should be declared unacceptable at once.”
According to Turkish media reports, Erdogan said the ambassador or Turkey should understand Turkey or leave.
The ambassadors did not respond to a request for comment. However, the German Foreign Ministry said all 10 countries were in “deep discussion”.
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry told Reuters that its ambassador had not asked him to leave the country.
‘What do these people think of themselves?’
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned 10 ambassadors to register a protest against the “irresponsible statement” in the Guard case.
In the ambassador’s statement, Usmane criticized the continued delay in the release of the guard and the conclusion of the investigation.
The report called for the immediate disposal of the matter and the immediate release of the guard.
The ambassadors said the delay in the release of Kavala had tarnished Turkey’s democracy, judicial system and the value of the law.
Usman Kavala was acquitted last year of charges related to nationwide protests in 2013, but was re-arrested shortly thereafter.
Kavala was re-arrested in 2016 on charges of plotting to overthrow the regime in Turkey and attempting to overthrow the Erdogan government.
Kavala says he did nothing wrong. Critics of the Erdogan government say Kavala’s arrest is an example of the crackdown on dissent in Turkey.
Earlier, Erdogan defended Turkey’s justice system.
He said, “I told my foreign minister that we do not have the facilities to keep these people in our country. Will they teach Turkey a lesson now? What do they think?”
Analysis of the BBC Turkish correspondent Ice Coxedep
The Osman Guard case has caused tension between Turkey and its Western allies. Turkey faces charges of imposing criminal laws against its adversaries. Activist Usmane Kavala is an example of this.
Usman Kavala, a businessman by profession, is campaigning for freedom of expression and democracy in Turkey. President Erdogan says he supported the nationwide protests in 2013.
Erdogan believes the purpose of the protests is to overthrow his government. That is why he believes that Kavala targeted him directly and as a result he has made such a big decision.
Turkish officials told me they did not know when the police investigation would begin.
This decision will definitely have an impact on Turkey’s economy as some of the 10 ambassadors ’countries that have been declared unacceptable are large trading partners of Turkey.
This is a huge decision, perhaps because its purpose is to show strength, especially one and a half years before the election.
Some believe Erdogan wants to show his dominance in Turkish politics, while others think he can be serious about this. What really happens, will have to wait.
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