Europe should take Ankara's warning on FETO 'seriously'

If they don't, they will get into serious trouble, says Turkish culture minister

Europe should take Ankara's warning on FETO 'seriously'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avci said Wednesday that European countries should take Ankara’s warning about the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) seriously if they want to avoid getting into "big trouble".

Avci said that the FETO members had been involved in disinformation and lobbying activities in Europe.

"On top of the racist and xenophobic rhetoric in European countries, there are the disinformation and lobbying activities of the FETO. Europe is really in a difficult situation.

"Therefore, they should take our warnings seriously. Otherwise, they are going to get into serious trouble. They already are," he said.

The rise of right-wing populists across Europe, many of them espousing anti-Muslim and anti-migrant rhetoric, has alarmed Turkey in recent months.

Avci said Europe had become “sick” and its recovery would not be easy, adding the continent was faced with a "serious political crisis" and "lack of leadership".

He added that the Netherlands was the latest example referring to the recent diplomatic row between Ankara and Amsterdam.

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was refused permission to land in the Netherlands and Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was forced to leave the country under police escort after being blocked from entering Turkey’s consulate in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

When Turkish citizens in Rotterdam tried to peacefully protest, they were met by police using batons, dogs and water cannons, in what some analysts called a disproportionate use of force.

The incidents drew strong criticism from Ankara, including diplomatic notes sent to the Netherlands in protest.

Avci said the Turkish government did not have any problems with the Dutch people, but the government.

“The current Dutch administration is extremely ignorant, rough, insolent and selfish. They are really going to be a big headache for Europe. The signs are there."

The minister added that the growing xenophobia had already started "poisoning" the country.

Avci also criticized the Dutch "police brutality" against the Turkish protesters in Rotterdam.

“The Dutch police could probably not display such a rough, ruthless and inhuman attitude under a more rational administration. But it is spreading in waves.”

The minister said the relations between the Turkish and Dutch people would rise above the crisis between the two governments, adding millions of Dutch tourists had visited Turkey in the last 15 years and knew Turkish people.

“I think the Dutch people are also feeling uncomfortable about the whole incident," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mart 2017, 14:18