Sweden and Finland reaffirm their commitment against « terrorism », according to Ankara


Sweden and Finland yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to fight « terrorism », Turkey said after a meeting in Finland between Turkish, Swedish and Finnish representatives on the NATO membership of the two Nordic countries, blocked for the time being by Ankara. « Finland and Sweden have reiterated their commitment, recorded in the trilateral memorandum (signed at the end of June, editor’s note), to show total solidarity and cooperation with Turkey in the fight against all forms and manifestations of terrorism,” said the statement issued by the office of the spokesman of the Turkish presidency.

Since mid-May, Turkey, a member of the Atlantic Alliance, has been blocking this process, accusing the two countries of protecting Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), considered terrorists by Ankara.

At the end of June, the Turkish, Swedish and Finnish Foreign Ministers had however signed a memorandum opening the access of the two Nordic nations to NATO.

Turkey had the next day made to the two countries extradition requests for 33 people, most considered « terrorists » by Ankara, before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan evoked in the process a « promise made by Sweden regarding the extradition of « 73 terrorists ». The memorandum signed at the end of June only indicates that « Finland and Sweden will respond to extradition requests » made by Ankara, without mentioning any figures. “It was agreed to intensify cooperation at the technical level between the institutions concerned in order to achieve progress,” the Turkish presidency said yesterday.

Last week, Ankara expressed its impatience, urging Sweden to extradite « terrorists ». “If they think they can make Turkey believe that they have kept their promises by extraditing common criminals, they are wrong,” Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said after the announcement of a first extradition .

A new tripartite meeting is to be held « in the fall », indicated the Finnish Foreign Ministry after the first meeting held yesterday in Helsinki. About twenty NATO member states – out of thirty – have ratified the membership application of the two Nordic countries. Stockholm and Helsinki renounced their traditional policy of neutrality by announcing their wish to join NATO after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia at the end of February.

Source: AFP

Sweden and Finland yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to fight « terrorism », Turkey said after a meeting in Finland between Turkish, Swedish and Finnish representatives on the NATO membership of the two Nordic countries, blocked for the time being by Ankara. “Finland and Sweden have reiterated their commitment,…



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