Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Germany Is Threatening To Withdraw Its Troops From A NATO Base In Turkey In Response To Prevent The Visit Of Deputies

Berlin strongly condemned on Monday by German lawmakers to prevent Ankara from a visit to a NATO base in Turkey and warned it may withdraw its troops to be deployed elsewhere.
She described the German Foreign Ministry to prevent Turkey MPs from visiting the Incirlik base used in the international coalition operations against the organization of the Islamic state as "unacceptable".

Germany deployed about 250 militaries at the base, where its aircraft launched "Tornado" reconnaissance missions over Syria or to provide the supply of aircraft participating in the coalition against the organization of the Islamic State states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel considered that the Turkish position "unfortunate" and that Germany will continue to discuss the matter to resolve the issue, but it "will look for alternatives to Incirlik" in the meantime, including in Jordan.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense pointed out that Jordan presented the "best conditions" after Berlin had studied the possibility of being transferred to Kuwait or Cyprus as alternatives to prevent Ankara after the German House of Representatives from making visits of this kind for several months last year.

But the spokesman warned that any withdrawal would require the transfer of hundreds of gear containers may be long for several months.

Martin Schaefer, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Turkey's visit prevented the House of Representatives because of the granting of the Berlin political asylum to some of the Turkish military after a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.

He said that Ankara's anger may be caused by "individual decisions of the independent German authorities linked to members of" the Turkish army.

Merkel stressed for its part, that it "is absolutely necessary to be able MPs to visit our soldiers," including the German military missions always require a parliamentary mandate.

Hundreds of asylum to Germany

The German media reported that more than 400 Turkish military and diplomatic, a judge and other officials and their relatives had asked for political asylum in Germany.

They fear that being prosecuted under the arrests of supporters of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen resident in the United States, accused Erdogan of masterminding the coup attempt, despite the latter's insistence not to his connection to the campaign.

The mass arrests have led a campaign to risen tensions between Turkey and Germany, which includes three million people of Turkish origin under the "guest workers" program introduced in the sixties and seventies of the last century.

The different countries on a wide range of issues, including civil liberties in Turkey and freedom of expression, the military campaign against the Kurdish minority in Turkey, in addition to the possible referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty.

The relations have been tenser since the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel arrested on charges related to terrorism in February, during the referendum campaign which took place in April on strengthening the powers of Erdogan.

The dispute broke out last year, another focused on a very sensitive historical issue for Ankara and caused the Germans to prevent Turkey from a visit to the Incirlik House of Representatives several months.

The decision came after the then Turkish parliament voted in favor of the German recognition of the massacres carried out by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War against the Armenians as genocide.

After the vote, Erdogan said that Turkish assets with "blood contaminated with the German House of Representatives."

Armenians indicate that approximately 1.5 million people were killed between 1915 and 1917 during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Ankara rejects the figures insisting that between 300 thousand and 500 thousand Armenians were killed in addition to a similar number of Turks in a civil war caused by Armenians move against Ottoman rulers to support the occupying Russian forces.

Last year did not solve the dispute only after Merkel made it clear that the decision on the Armenians is merely an expression of political and non-binding legal position that allowed the German House of Representatives visited the Incirlik base in October.

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