Turkey on Wednesday called on Sweden and Finland to accelerate the extradition process of terrorists affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
Turkey’s Justice Minister, Bekir Bozdag said that Turkey has sent written statements to the Nordic states to extradite individuals it considers terrorists, reiterating that the two countries should keep on their promises made to Turkey.
Turkey, Finland, and Sweden signed a memorandum last week at the NATO Summit in Madrid, under which the Nordic nations agreed to address Turkey’s security concerns as well as pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously.
Bozdag called on Finland to hand over six PKK members and another six from FETO. Turkey also wants Sweden to extradite 11 members of PKK and another 10 of FETO.
Turkey accused the Nordic countries of supporting PKK and FETO and threatened to veto their application to join the NATO alliance.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had recently warned that Ankara could still block the process even after the deal agreeing to Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession.
Erdogan said that they can still refuse to ratify the deal if the Nordic states renege on their promises to address Turkey’s security concerns.
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