Turkey summons British ambassador

Turkish Foreign Minister Bilgic says British ambassador has been summoned over suspension of Turkish diplomats bank accounts in UK

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Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic speaks at a press briefing, January 8, 2016


Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to Turkey on Friday to take steps against suspended bank accounts of Turkish diplomats by the United Kingdom.

Turkish authorities have started an objection appeal process in English courts calling on British authorities to fulfill their obligations under international law, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic.

“We have initiated an appeal process. We expect for the prohibitions and precautions that have been placed on these accounts to be immediately lifted and for the UK to follow and adhere to the legal obligations that are required by international law. We expect the legal appeal process to be finalized very soon.”

Bilgic underlined the suspension of the bank accounts violates Vienna Convention as it is against the nature of diplomatic and consular relations.

“As you know, some international agreements on diplomatic relations are recognised as constitutional law. These are the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,“ he said.

“Freezing of these accounts means the disregard of both these agreements.“ he continued.

“Additionally by freezing these accounts the UK has disrupted the workflow of our diplomatic and consular activities and disregarded the Vienna conventions. Naturally this is completely unacceptable for us.“

Responding to a question about the freezing of diplomats bank accounts at a Turkish bank in England Bilgic said the freezing of the accounts dates back to a decision that was taken in 2014-2015 by the Greek Cypriot administration as “precautionary measure.”

The issue was brought to the attention of the English authorities by Turkish embassy in London and British ambassador to Ankara was summoned by Turkish Foreign Ministry to explain the decision.

Bilgic said taking these kinds of decisions are harming the negotiation process for Cyprus.

TRTWorld and agencies