Haavisto "optimistic" that the problems with Turkey will be resolved, but it may take weeks

(Green) expects and Turkey to solve the problems related to Finland’s application, but predicted that it will take a few weeks.

On Saturday, the president called the President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan Finland’s NATO membership and the conditions set by Turkey for Finland and will be discussed. Neighboring submitted their applications in parallel last week.

Erdogan has vowed to block the two countries ’NATO membership, claiming they support Kurdish terrorist groups.

Haavisto told Yle on Sunday that negotiations will continue at the official level. Haavisto anticipates that the problems between the countries will be resolved, but does not expect rapid progress in the negotiations.

"A few days ago, I said that this would be at least a matter of days. So just for the sake of caution, it can now be said that it is a matter of weeks. I’m optimistic that the problems will be solved, but it may take some time," Haavisto told Yle at the Green Party Conference in Joensuu.

NATO membership is being discussed with Turkey in parallel with Sweden. Haavisto pointed out that one deadline is the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June. Until then, NATO is also expected to clarify matters.

Finland classifies the PKK as a terrorist group

Turkey’s list of demands has included the extradition of individuals classified as terrorists and the easing of arms embargoes following ’s incursion into Northern in 2019. It was directed against the Kurdish National Defense Forces (YPG). is affiliated with the Kurdish militant group PKK.

Finland has emphasized that it lists the PKK as a terrorist organization in accordance with EU policy. Haavisto stated that in Saturday’s speeches, the presidents discussed the merits of Finland’s counter-terrorism work.

Haavisto suggested that Finland could give Turkey assurances that possible links to the PKK’s terrorism would be monitored more closely.

"We can certainly give Turkey such guarantees. As the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Europe, it is important that we do our part to prevent the preparation of terrorist activities on Finnish soil." he said.

Arms embargoes will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

However, Finland cannot extradite the alleged persons to Turkey in violation of the rule of law.

"It is important to clarify the structure of the rule of law. Political decisions cannot affect the functioning of the judicial system. This is the principle we have set in stone," the foreign minister and former UN official explained.

Finland’s arms export bans, on the other hand, are examined on a case-by-case basis. Finland does not have a general arms export ban to Turkey, but the ban is based, among other things, on an assessment of weapons entering conflict zones.

"It is important that Finnish weapons do not go to war without our knowledge," Haavisto said.

Source: The Nordic Page

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