NATO ACKNOWLEDGES TURKEY’S RIGHT TO SELF DEFENSE




Şimal Çınar –TDO- Upon Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch to secure its border which aims at removing YPG from Afrin that has been a stronghold of the group since July 2012, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement, mentioned that Turkey briefed Allies of NATO on the operation and he had discussed developments in the region with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even though the operation has alarmed NATO members since they think that the operations against Daesh might be impacted, Stoltenberg said that all nations have a right to self-defense under the condition of being proportionate and measured and added that Turkey is one of the NATO nations that suffers the most from terrorism.

The tension between US and Turkey, two NATO member countries would hurt the reputation of the organization but Mr Stoltenberg has refrained from criticizing either country and suggested that it is a bilateral issue. Also according to an article that was published at the website of U.S. Department of Defense on January 25, Turkey has been referred as the front-line state of NATO facing to Middle East by referring to Turkey’s historical role as a front-line state facing Soviet Russia during the Cold War years.