Turkey wants open solidarity from NATO: Çavuşoğlu

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Turkey has expressed its expectation from NATO to provide clear solidarity in its fight against the YPG in northeastern Syria, saying the struggle will also strengthen the alliance territory.


“It’s not enough to say, ‘We understand Turkey’s legitimate concerns.’ We want to see clear solidarity,” said Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Oct. 11, speaking at a joint press conference with NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

“It’s our most natural and legitimate expectation that our allies show solidarity to us in the framework of the principle of indivisibility of security.”

Stoltenberg paid a one-day visit to Turkey to talk with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Çavuşoğlu for the preparations of the NATO’s 70th anniversary summit to take place in London in early December.

His visit comes right after the start of Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” against the presence of the YPG in northeastern Syria, an intervention that has drawn criticisms from prominent NATO members, France, Germany, Italy and Britain.

Çavuşoğlu recalled that although they have slammed the Turkish operation these countries have always expressed that they acknowledge Turkey’s legitimate security concerns regarding the Syrian territories.

“If you acknowledge that these security concerns are legitimate, you should also acknowledge that these concerns stem from the YPG,” he said. Underlining that Turkey sits in a location full of regional hot and frozen conflicts, Çavuşoğlu said, “[The operation] is therefore highly important for the security of alliance territory.”

The minister said he informed Stoltenberg about the operation with expectations that the alliance will provide strong solidarity to Turkey without distinguishing between terror organizations.

“As Turkey, we have struggled and will continue to fight against all terror organizations regardless of their ideologies and targets,” he said.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey used diplomacy for setting up a safe zone with the United States but these talks could not be accomplished.

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Turkey wants open solidarity from NATO: Çavuşoğlu

2019/10/5da0672ec03c0e1c2cc35d9b-1570794214.jpg
Read: 791     16:42     11 October 2019    

Turkey has expressed its expectation from NATO to provide clear solidarity in its fight against the YPG in northeastern Syria, saying the struggle will also strengthen the alliance territory.


“It’s not enough to say, ‘We understand Turkey’s legitimate concerns.’ We want to see clear solidarity,” said Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Oct. 11, speaking at a joint press conference with NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

“It’s our most natural and legitimate expectation that our allies show solidarity to us in the framework of the principle of indivisibility of security.”

Stoltenberg paid a one-day visit to Turkey to talk with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Çavuşoğlu for the preparations of the NATO’s 70th anniversary summit to take place in London in early December.

His visit comes right after the start of Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” against the presence of the YPG in northeastern Syria, an intervention that has drawn criticisms from prominent NATO members, France, Germany, Italy and Britain.

Çavuşoğlu recalled that although they have slammed the Turkish operation these countries have always expressed that they acknowledge Turkey’s legitimate security concerns regarding the Syrian territories.

“If you acknowledge that these security concerns are legitimate, you should also acknowledge that these concerns stem from the YPG,” he said. Underlining that Turkey sits in a location full of regional hot and frozen conflicts, Çavuşoğlu said, “[The operation] is therefore highly important for the security of alliance territory.”

The minister said he informed Stoltenberg about the operation with expectations that the alliance will provide strong solidarity to Turkey without distinguishing between terror organizations.

“As Turkey, we have struggled and will continue to fight against all terror organizations regardless of their ideologies and targets,” he said.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey used diplomacy for setting up a safe zone with the United States but these talks could not be accomplished.

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