Turkey issues a strong warning to Germany and France

Ambassadors from the two European countries were called to due to Kurdistan Workers’ Party meetings

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned ambassadors from Germany and to issue a protest note over the unhindered activity of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in their countries. Ankara warned all members, and especially Finland and , who are trying to join the bloc, that they will not tolerate any support for anti-Turkish terrorist groups.

In an interview with the state Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey was concerned about the recent increase in activities of the PKK and other terrorist organizations in France and Germany, after the group, which Ankara considers terrorists. , held demonstrations in the two countries.

“We are talking about demonstrations where symbols and flags for terrorists were demonstrated. The ambassadors of Germany and France were called to the Foreign Ministry yesterday. They were handed notes about such actions by terrorist organizations. We gave them a stern warning.” in Cavusoglu.

Although the minister did not specifically mention the demonstrations that prompted Ankara’s response, it seems likely that he was referring to the long marches currently being held by Kurdish youth movements in Germany, France, Greece, England, Sweden and .

The marches, which started on Sunday and are expected to last for several days, are being held in protest of the Turkish state’s alleged invasion and “genocide attacks” on Kurdistan – a roughly defined separatist territory spread between Turkey, , Iraq and Iran. The movement demands freedom for the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and expresses solidarity with the guerrillas who are currently fighting against Turkish forces in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

The Foreign Minister’s comments came when he explained why Turkey continues to oppose Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO, and reiterated Anakara’s position that it will not agree to membership of the Nordic countries until they meet Turkey’s demands to stop all support for terrorist groups.

He pointed to the fact that both nations continue to provide political, military and economic assistance to terrorist groups such as the PKK, its Syrian affiliates YPG and FETO, which Ankara believes are behind a 2016 coup attempt. Cavusoglu also noted that both countries refuse to extradite any members of these organizations, despite being prosecuted in Turkey.

Asked to comment on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s attempt to get Turkey to hold a meeting with Finland and Sweden at the alliance’s headquarters, Cavusoglu stated that although he was grateful for these efforts, Ankara had his own way of doing things.

“We are not opposed to diplomacy in resolving this issue. We thank the Secretary-General for his efforts. But we have already submitted a formal document to these two countries on our demands. We cannot hold another meeting until we receive a response.” he said.

On Sunday, Turkish leader Recep Erdogan stated that as long as he is president, his country will never allow any nation that supports terrorism to join the NATO alliance, and reiterated that Turkey will not give the green light to Finland and Sweden’s offer until the correct. deal with Ankara’s concerns.

Delegations from the two Nordic countries met their Turkish counterparts last week and received a list of demands, including the crackdown on groups that Ankara considers to be extremists. However, Erdogan has described these talks as dishonest.

“They are not honest or sincere,” he said. “They do not take the necessary measures, they still allow the terrorists to walk the streets of freely and provide security for them with their police.”

Finland and Sweden both decided to break with their history of neutrality on May 15, citing Russia’s military offensive against as a motivation for them to join NATO. Their candidacy for membership was welcomed by Washington and its European NATO allies, but Turkey and have threatened to block applications unless their national security concerns are addressed.

Source: sn.dk

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