The Swedish safety companies have intensified counter-terrorism efforts in opposition to Kurdish militants, Stockholm claims in a letter
Sweden has knowledgeable Türkiye of its extra measures in opposition to Kurdish militants, and is able to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to be able to handle Turkish considerations over Stockholm’s bid to affix NATO, Reuters reported on Friday.
The assurances had been made in a letter despatched by Sweden to the Turkish management final week.
In keeping with the two-page doc seen by the information company, Stockholm stated it remained “totally dedicated to the implementation” of the memorandum signed by Sweden, Finland and Türkiye in June.
The settlement noticed Ankara raise its veto on Stockholm and Helsinki’s purposes to affix NATO, filed in Could in response to Russia’s navy operation in Ukraine. Türkiye earlier threatened to dam their bids, accusing the 2 Nordic nations of harboring members of the Kurdistan Employees’ Get together (PKK) and different teams it considers to be terrorist organizations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has since questioned Stockholm’s implementation of the deal, saying earlier this month that “Finland isn’t a rustic the place terrorists are roaming freely,” however Sweden is “a spot the place terror is rampant.”
Within the letter to Ankara, the Swedish authorities insisted that “concrete motion has been taken on all core components of the trilateral settlement.”
Stockholm stated it has “carried out new analyses of PKK’s position in threats to Sweden’s nationwide safety and in organized crime (and) that is prone to result in concrete outcomes.” The nation’s safety and counter-terrorism police, Sapo, has “intensified” its work in opposition to the Kurdish militants, it added.
There have been 4 extraditions of Turkish residents from Sweden since 2019, most just lately in late August, in accordance with the letter. “Sweden is dedicated to handle… pending extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously and completely” consistent with the Swedish legislation and the European Conference on Extradition, it stated.
Turkish diplomatic sources informed Reuters that Ankara will proceed consultations with Sweden and Finland “to pursue full implementation of the memorandum.”
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Türkiye’s authorities believes that steps nonetheless have to be taken by these international locations “in combating terrorism, prevention and punishment of incitement to terrorism, enchancment of safety and judicial cooperation.”
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