Erdogan “expels” Diplomats?

Did he? Well that’s the claim. Let’s check the facts. And be aware that not all media outlets are making this claim, just, the most hyperbolic! Others are using language like “take issue” Some are calling it a threat.

Erdogan declares these obviously meddling individuals as “persona non grata”

Globe and Mail

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata.”

A “philanthropist” Ya know, like Bill Gates? Or George Soros? Parisian born, Kavala.

I gave the instruction to our foreign minister and said `You will immediately handle the persona non grata declaration of these 10 ambassadors,’ ”Erdogan said during a rally in the western city of Eskisehir.

He added: “They will recognize, understand and know Turkey. The day they don’t know or understand Turkey, they will leave.”

A declaration of persona non grata against a diplomat usually means that individual is banned from remaining in their host country.

Usually, but, not always.

I like this piece where the “Open Society” Urges Turkish President to “stop obscuring” this case. That’s the “open society” of George Soros. Another “philanthropist” as mentioned. As you know philanthropists are always doing good (NOT!) Good for themselves. No good for you and me!

The Open Society Foundations urged the president of Turkey today to stop invoking George Soros’s name in an effort to obscure the facts around the case of Osman Kavala, the businessman and philanthropist who has spent four years in prison there on bogus charges.

In comments broadcast on Thursday, the Turkish president described Kavala as “Soros scum” after 10 Western countries, including the United States and Germany, urged Turkey to release him. He also compared Kavala’s four years behind bars to the treatment of “bandits, murders, and terrorists” in other countries.

Soros scum- I like it!

Kavala was one of a number of leading Turkish figures who served on the advisory board of Open Society’s national foundation in Turkey before it closed down in 2018.

According to the information below “persona non grata” has a very specific meaning in international law



In diplomacy, the term Persona non grata is a Latin word persona as “person” and nongrata as “unwelcome” which means “person not appreciated or unwelcome person”. This term is used for foreign diplomats and ambassadors. To declare a diplomat as personanongrata, the receiving state may arbitrarily terminate a diplomat’s functions in its territory. Following such a declaration, the sending state is required to recall this diplomat, who is then required to leave the country within a timeframe determined by the receiving state. It is the receiving state’s only remedy against foreign diplomats /ambassadors who exceed the bounds of their functions. It is also considered as the most extreme and grave penalty that a nation might impose on foreign diplomats.

Rather then an expulsion when a declaration of “persona non grata” is made it is up to the sending nation to recall their diplomat in a timely fashion.

The importance of persona non grata under Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961).

The diplomatic representative has become a significant necessity for a state to maintain strong political, fiscal, and commercial relations with other countries. The diplomatic envoy, as a representation of bilateral relations between nations, has a variety of responsibilities that must be fulfilled by diplomatic officers. There are two diplomatic laws i.e. Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) and Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), covered on all procedures and rules of diplomatic and consular relations including provisions for diplomatic and consular immunity. These treaties provide a comprehensive framework for the functions, responsibilities, management, and termination of diplomatic as well as consular relations based on State responsibility which mandates that any state that breaches its international obligations be held responsible.

It also seems entirely probable that these diplomats breached their international obligations and were being held responsible. Why isn’t that fact being mentioned in the perception managing media reports?

Receiving States have a restricted range of choices for dealing with a diplomat’s improper behaviour as a part of the Vienna Convention’s strong immunity. Declaring the diplomat persona non grata is one way to deal with abuse; in this situation, the sending State must either recall the envoy or terminate his duties with the mission, effectively removing his future diplomatic immunity.


When one country declares an individual as persona non grata is closely linked with the principle of inviolability and immunity.

The five eyes media is omitting, lying by omission, that these diplomats were meddling where they shouldn’t have been. Which isn’t a shocker considering the targeting of Turkey that’s been going on for years and years now. The involvement of Soros style philanthropy speaks volumes about the reality of this situation.

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