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Turkey wants to be handed over during a transaction

Istanbul: Turkey said Wednesday that it would seek the delivery of 33 Kurdish militants and coups from Sweden and Finland under an arrangement to secure Ankara’s support for NATO accession bids in the Nordic countries. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dropped weeks of resistance to NATO’s ambitions in both countries at a crunch meeting on the eve of the Alliance Summit focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister Erdogan emerged from a victory-declaring meeting after securing a 10-point agreement between the two countries to take part in Turkey’s battle with banned Kurdish militants and swiftly hand over the suspect. .. Turkey has announced that it will seek the delivery of 12 suspects from Finland and 21 from Sweden, and has immediately tested the deal.

“We call for the delivery of terrorists from relevant countries within the framework of the new agreement,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a statement. “We ask them to fulfill their promise.” The unnamed suspect is a member of the illegal Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and Prime Minister Erdogan failed in the 2016 coup attempt. It was identified as a group led by a US-based Islamic preacher who accused him.

Both the European Union and Washington recognize the PKK as a “terrorist” organization because of the brutal tactics adopted during the decades of rebellion against the Turkish state. However, the agreement also provides for Sweden and Finland to pledge not to “provide support” to the YPG. YPG is a Syrian PKK sect that played a key role in the US-led alliance with Islamic State groups.

Sweden and Finland have abandoned decades of military nonalignment in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and were officially invited to join the alliance at a summit meeting in Madrid on Wednesday. Their application appeared to be heading for swift approval until Prime Minister Erdogan intervened. Turkish leaders have accused Finland, especially Sweden, of providing shelter for Kurdish fighters and funding terrorism.

Prime Minister Erdogan also wanted to lift the embargo on the delivery of weapons imposed by both countries in response to Turkey’s 2019 military invasion of Syria. This memorandum seems to address many of Erdogan’s concerns. Finland and Sweden have stated that they have promised to “quickly and thoroughly address Turkey’s deportation or delivery requests for pending terrorist suspects.” “Finland and Sweden have confirmed that the PKK is a banned terrorist organization,” the agreement said. “Finland and Sweden are committed to preventing the activities and expansion of the PKK and all other terrorist organizations, and the activities of individuals associated with these terrorist organizations.”

The office of Prime Minister Erdogan welcomed the agreement as a complete victory. “Turkey got what it wanted,” his office declared in a statement. Prime Minister Erdogan also secured the promise of a long-awaited meeting with US President Joe Biden as a bystander to NATO negotiations. US officials told reporters that Biden was “eager” to improve relations with Turkey after a difficult spell partially caused by the crackdown on human rights in Turkey.

Most of Turkey’s demands and past negotiations have involved Sweden for a stronger relationship with the Kurdish diaspora. Sweden does not hold official ethnic statistics, but it is estimated that 100,000 Kurds live in a country of 10 million people.

Stockholm recognized the PKK as a “terrorist” organization in the 1980s, but is more supportive of the YPG. Turkey’s pro-government media resented two meetings last year held by Ilham Ahmad, leader of the YPG-led military political sector, who expelled IS from a large area of ​​Syria, and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde. Linde called her two meetings “good” and “fruitful” on Twitter.

It was not immediately clear who Turkey sought to be handed over. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö told reporters that his country “has not been presented with a list so far, at least as far as I know.” However, the Brookings Institution warned that problems could arise from the “loose, often offensive framework” of the Turkish term “terrorist.” “Complexity arises from the definition of terrorism in Turkish law that violates fundamental freedom of speech, beyond making participation in violent acts a crime,” a U.S.-based laboratory said in a report. Stated. – AFP

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/turkey-seeks-extraditions-under-deal/ Turkey wants to be handed over during a transaction

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