Turkey will resume negotiations for the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO

The Finnish, NATO and Swedish flags during a ceremony to mark the Swedish and Finnish membership application in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool (JOHANNA GERON/)

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusogluhas confirmed this Monday that, on March 9, there will be a new meeting in the capital of Belgium, Brusselsto address with Sweden and Finlandhis possible membership in the NATOwhich has not yet been ratified by Ankara.

Cavusoglu pointed out that “the third meeting of the Permanent Mechanism with the participation of Sweden and Finland will take place on March 9.” “That the whole world sees that Sweden has not fulfilled its obligations. That is why we said ‘yes’ to celebrate it in Brussels”, she said.

Thus, he has stressed that a meeting of this mechanism is not equivalent to a negotiation and has stressed that Ankara has been clear in previous meetings and has even shown itself willing to address the accession processes separately, given that Turkey considers “of more positive way” Finland’s candidacy.

Cavusoglu has indicated that relations with Sweden and Turkey are not bad, although it has recognized that there is “a serious problem” regarding the accession process. “It is a problem for NATO. It is not possible for us to approve Sweden’s candidacy until it fulfills its obligations, ”he argued.

“There are commitments regarding entry into NATO. It is not possible for us to say ‘yes’ to Sweden until we have seen these steps ”, he reiterated, as reported by the Turkish state news agency, anatolian.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) (Burhan Ozbilici/)

In this sense, he pointed out that Turkey’s concerns regarding anti-terrorism must be answered by Sweden and Finland, referring to Ankara’s complaints about the “intense presence” of the Workers’ Party of the Kurdistan (PKK) in both countries.

The Turkish Foreign Minister has acknowledged that “some statements” and “a new government” have come from Sweden, as well as “changes to the Constitution and some laws, especially anti-terrorism laws.”

“The objective of these changes is clearly stated in the memorandum of understanding. Stop illegal acts such as the financing of terrorism, the recruitment of people into the ranks of a terrorist organization and terrorist propaganda”, he has said.

Lastly, he once again criticized the burning of copies of the Koran at a protest in Sweden and has stated that “regardless of religion or scripture, these actions are unacceptable and crimes against humanity.” “We must fight them in the international community,” she has said.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberghighlighted on February 16 from Turkey that Sweden and Finland have taken “big steps” towards their entry into NATO and asked Ankara to unblock the ratification of the accession document, insisting that the important thing is that they enter “as soon as possible” and not so much that they do it together.

The accession of Stockholm and Helsinki to NATO in the middle of the war in Ukraine is the fastest process in the organization’s recent history, although Ankara’s veto, citing lack of cooperation in anti-terrorism matters, has delayed the deadlines and now NATO marks the summit of allied leaders in Vilnius, Lithuanianext July as the date for accession.

(With information from Europa Press)

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