Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it has nothing to do with Ursula von der Leyen’s “presence of women” as European Commission chairperson in Ankara on April 6, away from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s President Charles Michel. European Council. He got a place.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tango Bilgic said:
The case has nothing to do with European or the fact that someone is a woman, neither the Istanbul Convention nor the European Commission ruling.
In the second half of March, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention for the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, which was adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe, and which Ursula von der Leyen had already expressed her grave concern during the Ankara meeting. .
The spokesman said that what happened was a result of lack of coordination and negligence in the diplomatic protocol of the European Union, noting that Turkey complied with the requests sent to it.
A ministry spokesman said the case stemmed from political discussions within the EU and that all the details were known to European officials. Bilecik noted that it is particularly sad that what happened with regard to gender discrimination is still being used as a tool for political debate in some EU member states.
For the Ankara meeting on April 6, only an armchair for two was prepared, seated by Erdogan and Michel, while the European Commission president had only one seat on a distant sofa.
Ursula von der Leyen said in a full-fledged European Parliament debate on the results of the Ankara meeting in Brussels on Monday that she had expected to be fairly treated in Ankara as committee chair, but she was treated. Just because she was a woman.
I felt hurt and offended as a woman and as a European. This is not the case with the protocol, but with the values of the European Union. It shows just how far we go from treating women equally always and everywhere