Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto believes that the problems with Turkey regarding the accession of the Republic to NATO will be resolved, but does not promise quick progress in the negotiations.
This is with reference to the Finnish edition of Yle reports ” European Truth “.
“A few days ago I said that it was at least a matter of days. As a precautionary measure, it can now be said that this could take several weeks,” Haavisto said.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Finland noted that the deadline is the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June.
“I am optimistic that the problems will be resolved, but it may take some time,” he said.
Turkey’s list of demands includes the extradition of people classified as terrorists by Ankara and the relaxation of the arms embargo.
Haavisto said Finland could, for example, reassure Turkey that it would be more closely monitoring the terrorists’ links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
“Such guarantees, of course, can be given to Turkey. Since the PKK is considered a terrorist organization in Europe, we must prevent terrorist activities in Finland as well,” he said.
However, the minister noted that Finland cannot extradite PKK members or people allegedly associated with the organization to Turkey without a court order.
“Political decisions cannot affect the functioning of the judiciary. This is the fundamental principle,” he said.