ePaper

Friday, April 27, 2018

NATO urges Turkey, Germany to settle air base row

  • Print


NATO`s Secretary General has urged the Turkish and German foreign ministers to resolve their differences over visits to Turkish air bases, part of a wider row between the two allies.

Germany has refused to extradite asylum seekers Turkey says were involved in a coup attempt last year, Berlin is demanding the release of a Turkish-German journalist, and Ankara has refused to let German lawmakers visit soldiers at two air bases.

German soldiers contribute to a NATO air surveillance mission at Konya, 250 km (150 miles) south of the Turkish capital Ankara, and its troops stationed at another air base, in Incirlik, have already been moved to Jordan. 

NATO said Jens Stoltenberg had called Sigmar Gabriel and Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday to ask them to settle the dispute.

"We hope that Germany and Turkey are able to find a mutually acceptable date for a visit," a NATO spokesman said. 

Germany`s armed forces are under parliamentary control and Berlin says the lawmakers must have access to its soldiers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted in a television interview on Sunday that German lawmakers should be allowed to visit the Bundeswehr soldiers at the NATO air base in Konya.

"This whole issue is unfortunate, very unfortunate," Merkel told public broadcaster ARD, adding that more talks were needed to find a solution, also with the help of NATO.

On whether Ankara had asked Berlin to extradite asylum seekers in exchange for granting lawmakers access to the air base, Merkel said she was not aware of any such a request.

"If this was the case..., we would reject this entirely," Merkel said.

There could be no negotiations with Ankara about the extradition of Turkish asylum seekers and granting German lawmakers access to the soldiers at Konya air base because both issues were completely unrelated, she added.

More News For this Category

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

| By Asian Age Online
US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, each of which carries a potential 10 years in prison.
Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

Golden State Killer suspect traced using genealogy websites

| By Asian Age Online
Californian prosecutors say genealogy websites played a key role in tracking down a man accused of being a notorious serial killer.
Golden State Killer suspect traced using genealogy websites

Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

| By Asian Age Online
Close to 12,000 people took to the streets of Guadalajara on Thursday, calling for peace and justice 
Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

Saudi Princess Noura: made to measure fashion ambassador

| By Asian Age Online
A young Saudi Arabian princess inspired by her time living in Tokyo is the new face of fashion in
Saudi Princess Noura: made to measure fashion ambassador

Australia's casino fined for 'blank' buttons

| By Asian Age Online
Australia's largest casino has been fined A$300,000 (£160,000; $225,000) for tampering with its slot machines to limit betting options.
Australia's casino fined for 'blank' buttons

Trump threatens countries who don't back US World Cup bid

| By Asian Age Online
U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don't back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico
 Trump threatens countries who don't back US World Cup bid

Leaders of rival Koreas at historic summit

| By Asian Age Online
The golden doors on the stately North Korean building swung open and leader Kim Jong Un, in a black Mao suit and surrounded by a
Leaders of rival Koreas at historic summit

Trump to drop Iran deal, says Macron

| By
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he may have failed in efforts to persuade Donald Trump to retain an international nuclear deal with Iran."My view is... that he will
Trump to drop Iran deal, says Macron

UK corporate giants sign pact to cut plastic waste

| By
More than 40 British companies including major retailers and soft drinks companies on Thursday pledged to eliminate unneccessary plastic packaging as part of an anti-pollution push. The 42 firms,
UK corporate giants sign pact to cut plastic waste

Prince Harry asks William to be his best man

| By International Desk
Prince Harry has asked his brother William to be best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle.The Duke of Cambridge is "honored to have been asked" and is "very

© 2018 The Asian Age