Turkish President Erdogan has gone on a scathing attack against the Netherlands and its role in the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995, as the diplomatic crisis between the two countries shows no sign of settling down.
“We know of the Netherlands, the Dutch from what they did in Srebrenica. We know of their temperament, their character from how they massacred 8,000 Bosnians,” Erdogan roared.
Declaring that his government would do everything necessary to call the Netherlands to account, the President said, “Of course we will call them to account through diplomatic and legal ways. They think they can get away with a simply apology, but we will show them what a grave mistake they have made.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, however, rejected any claim that his government was planning to apologise to Turkey, instead saying, “I continue to find it bizarre that in Turkey they’re talking about sanctions when you see that we have more reasons to be angry about what happened this weekend.”
Rutte also made a statement on Erdogan’s comments about Dutch involvement in Srebrenica, calling the Turkish President’s accusation “a disgusting lie”.
The Netherlands was found liable in its own supreme court in 2013 and in the Hague district court of in 2014 of failing in its duty to prevent more than 300 of the deaths.