Friday, November 18, 2016

Turkish officers on NATO missions request European countries for asylum

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Friday confirmed that several high-ranking members of the Turkish military posted to the alliance's missions in Europe have requested political asylum from the countries in which they are stationed, such as Belgium and Germany.

This move came after the failed coup d'état attempt in Turkey on July 15, which saw the participation of a significant faction of the Turkish Armed Forces and was followed by a government clampdown on those suspected of involvement.

"Some Turkish officers working in NATO command structures have requested asylum in the countries where they are working," said NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a conference hosted by the German Marshall Fund.

"As always, this is an issue that is going to be assessed and decided by the different NATO allies as a national issue," he added.

Stoltenberg also made reference to the aftermath of the aborted putsch in Turkey, emphasizing the importance of giving those accused of treason a fair trial consistent with the rule of law.

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