Turkey provides Sweden, Finland ‘reminder’ — RT World Information

Ankara has despatched an official letter to Stockholm and Helsinki calling on the 2 Nordic nations to extradite “terrorists”

Turkey has despatched a reminder to Sweden and Finland of its request for the extradition of the people Ankara deems “terrorists.” In late June, Turkey acquiesced to the international locations becoming a member of NATO, after blocking their bids for weeks and accusing them of offering refuge to members of the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK), amongst different issues.

On Wednesday, Turkey’s TRT Haber TV information channel quoted the nation’s justice minister, Bekir Bozdag, as saying {that a} “letter was despatched to Sweden and Finland, reminding them of the calls for concerning the extradition of PKK and FETO terrorists.

The PKK is a Kurdish group based within the late Seventies that seeks to carve out autonomy for Turkey’s largest ethnic minority. For many years, it has been engaged in guerilla warfare towards the Turkish authorities and has been designated a terrorist group not solely at dwelling, but additionally within the US and EU.

The Fethullah Terrorist Group (FETO), because the title implies, was established by exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, who authorities in Ankara imagine was the mastermind behind the failed 2016 coup try in Turkey.

Sweden and Finland utilized to hitch NATO in mid-Could, citing a perceived menace posed by Russia.

Nonetheless, for a candidate nation to develop into accepted into the navy alliance, the unanimous consent of all present members is required.

Turkey initially objected to the 2 international locations’ bids and articulated a number of circumstances they must meet for Ankara to alter its thoughts.

The Turkish authorities insisted that Stockholm and Helsinki extradite plenty of refugees wished by Ankara over their ties to the 2 organizations in query.

Moreover, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authorities additionally demanded that Sweden and Finland carry arms embargoes that they had imposed on Turkey after its 2019 incursion into northern Syria.

The impasse was lastly damaged forward of the navy bloc’s Madrid summit final week.

After the three nations signed a memorandum, NATO’s Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg mentioned final Tuesday: “I’m happy to announce that we now have an settlement that paves the way in which for Finland and Sweden to hitch NATO.

President Erdogan’s workplace, in flip, famous that “Turkey bought what it wished.

The accord states, amongst different issues, that “Finland and Sweden verify that the PKK is a proscribed terrorist organisation,” with each nations pledging to “stop actions of the PKK and all different terrorist organizations and their extensions,” together with people linked to it.

Along with that, Stockholm and Helsinki agreed to stop any help to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, which Ankara believes to be associated to the PPK, in addition to to Gulen’s group.

Final however not least, the 2 Nordic international locations confirmed that there have been not any arms embargoes in place towards Turkey.