Sweden and Finland reaffirm their commitment to fight “terrorism”

Sweden and Finland reaffirmed on Friday August 26 their commitment to combat the “terrorism“, indicated the Turkish presidency at the end of a meeting in Finland between Turkish, Swedish and Finnish representatives about the accession to NATO of the two Nordic countries, blocked for the time being by Ankara.

« Finland and Sweden reiterated their commitment, recorded in the trilateral memorandum [signé fin juin, NDLR]to show full 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.

“Extradition requests”

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. The next day, Turkey had made extradition requests to the two countries for 33 people, most of whom were considered « terroristsby Ankara, before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately evoked 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 requestsformulated 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“said the Turkish presidency on Friday. Last week, Ankara had 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.“, declared the Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag, after the announcement of a first extradition.

A new tripartite meeting must be heldin autumn“Said the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the first meeting held Friday in Helsinki. 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.

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