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Trilateral memorandum between Türkiye, Finland and Sweden

Trilateral memorandum between Türkiye, Finland and Sweden​

  1. Today the representatives of Turkiye, Finland and Sweden, under the auspices of the NATO Secretary General, have agreed the following.
  2. NATO is an Alliance based on the principles of collective defence and the indivisibility of security, as well as on common values. Turkiye, Finland and Sweden affirm their adherence to the principles and values enshrined in the Washington Treaty.
  3. One of the key elements of the Alliance is unwavering solidarity and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, which constitutes a direct threat to the national security of Allies as well as to international peace and security.
  4. As prospective NATO Allies, Finland and Sweden extend their full support to Turkiye against threats to its national security. To that effect, Finland and Sweden will not provide support to YPG/PYD, and the organisation described as FETO in Turkiye. Turkiye also extends its full support to Finland and Sweden against threats to their national security. Finland and Sweden reject and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in the strongest terms. Finland and Sweden unambiguously condemn all terrorist organisations perpetrating attacks against Turkiye, and express their deepest solidarity with Turkiye and the families of the victims.
  5. Finland and Sweden confirm that the PKK is a proscribed terrorist organisation. Finland and Sweden commit to prevent activities of the PKK and all other terrorist organisations and their extensions, as well as activities by individuals in affiliated and inspired groups or networks linked to these terrorist organisations. Turkiye, Finland and Sweden have agreed to step up cooperation to prevent the activities of these terrorist groups. Finland and Sweden reject the goals of these terrorist organisations.
  6. Further to this, Finland refers to several recent amendments of its Criminal Code by which new acts have been enacted as punishable terrorist crimes. The latest amendments entered into force on 1 January 2022, by which the scope of participation in the activity of a terrorist group has been widened. At the same time, public incitement related to terrorist offenses was criminalised as a separate offense. Sweden confirms that a new, tougher, Terrorist Offenses Act enters into force on 1 July, and that the government is preparing further tightening of counter-terrorism legislation.
  7. Turkiye, Finland and Sweden confirm that now there are no national arms embargoes in place between them. Sweden is changing its national regulatory framework for arms exports in relation to NATO Allies. In future, defence exports from Finland and Sweden will be conducted in line with Alliance solidarity and in accordance with the letter and spirit of article 3 of the Washington Treaty.
  8. Today, Turkiye, Finland and Sweden commit to the following concrete steps:
    • Establish a joint, structured dialogue and cooperation mechanism at all levels of government, including between law enforcement and intelligence agencies, to enhance cooperation on counter-terrorism, organised crime, and other common challenges as they so decide.
    • Finland and Sweden will conduct the fight against terrorism with determination, resolve, and in accordance with the provisions of the relevant NATO documents and policies, and will take all required steps to tighten further domestic legislation to this end.
    • Finland and Sweden will address Turkiye's pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously and thoroughly, taking into account information, evidence and intelligence provided by Turkiye, and establish necessary bilateral legal frameworks to facilitate extradition and security cooperation with Turkiye, in accordance with the European Convention on Extradition.
    • Finland and Sweden will investigate and interdict any financing and recruitment activities of the PKK and all other terrorist organisations and their extensions, as well affiliates or inspired groups or networks as outlined in paragraph 5.
    • Turkiye, Finland and Sweden commit to fight disinformation, and prevent their domestic laws from being abused for the benefit or promotion of terrorist organisations, including through activities that incite violence against Turkiye.
    • Finland and Sweden will ensure that their respective national regulatory frameworks for arms exports enable new commitments to Allies and reflects their status as NATO members.
    • Finland and Sweden commit to support the fullest possible involvement of Turkiye and other non-EU Allies in the existing and prospective initiatives of the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy, including Turkiye's participation in the PESCO Project on Military Mobility.
  9. For the implementation of these steps, Turkiye, Finland and Sweden will establish a Permanent Joint Mechanism, with the participation of experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Justice, as well as Intelligence Services and Security Institutions. The Permanent Joint Mechanism will be open for others to join.
  10. Turkiye confirms its long-standing support for NATO's Open Door policy, and agrees to support at the 2022 Madrid Summit the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO.
 

A.P. Richelieu

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And that ladies and gentlemen is how the white man changes their position according to their needs
Most of these points just confirms Status Quo.
As an example, Turkey does not demand that the rules for extradition changes, only that they are expedited at high priority.
The new laws for 2022-07-01 were decided upon last year,

As Sweden does not provide weapons or funding to YPG right now, this is no change. Turkey has obviously agreed to stop claiming that Sweden exports weapons to YPG without proof.

Sweden will allow weapons exports to Turkey and will cooperate on intelligence regarding Terrorism.
 
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Most of these points just confirms Status Quo.
As an example, Turkey does not demand that the rules for extradition changes, only that they are expedited at high priority.
The new laws for 2022-07-01 were decided upon last year,

As Sweden does not provide weapons or funding to YPG right now, this is no change. Turkey has obviously agreed to stop claiming that Sweden exports weapons to YPG without proof.

Sweden will allow weapons exports to Turkey and will cooperate on intelligence regarding Terrorism.
There's obviously a misunderstanding of the agreement on the Swedish side. Until the Turkish parliament ratifies the NATO accession of both countries, there's no done deal to begin with.

Not only the government must stop its support for Communist terrorists, the Swedish state must also ensure that Civil organizations aren't allowed to support PKK and YPG.

I feel like many people in the North are having troubles understanding what Turkey's rightful demands are. This is just a MoU and not an agreement.
 

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And that ladies and gentlemen is how the white man changes their position according to their needs
That’s how the smart westerners play. Desi babu’s (Brown sahib) with 4 years of degree from English medium university are too naive to understand western society and psychology.

Rest are sheep’s and are mentally ghulm. They think Gora will implement same standard for them as in their own country.
 

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They will sign anything to get Turkey's vote to join NATO. After joining NATO they will not obey any of the terms in the agreement. That's how west is.
 
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PakFactor

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That’s how the smart westerners play. Desi babu’s (Brown sahib) with 4 years of degree from English medium university are too naive to understand western society and psychology.

Rest are sheep’s and are mentally ghulm. They think Gora will implement same standard for them as in their own country.

It’s an agreement (MoU) about nothing and more of a waste of time and money for the other parties involved.

Our metric pass Babus are no different than Turkish metric pass, they’ll never understand the Western Psyche. IK was playing them at there own game, but out kothas didn’t understand the rules of the game.
 

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It’s an agreement (MoU) about nothing and more of a waste of time and money for the other parties involved.

Our metric pass Babus are no different than Turkish metric pass, they’ll never understand the Western Psyche. IK was playing them at there own game, but out kothas didn’t understand the rules of the game.
Our Kothas are greedy and selfish. But I think IK is naive too. He thinks inside working of western system is as perfect as his political science books from 70s.
 

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There's obviously a misunderstanding of the agreement on the Swedish side. Until the Turkish parliament ratifies the NATO accession of both countries, there's no done deal to begin with.

Not only the government must stop its support for Communist terrorists, the Swedish state must also ensure that Civil organizations aren't allowed to support PKK and YPG.

I feel like many people in the North are having troubles understanding what Turkey's rightful demands are. This is just a MoU and not an agreement.

Since Sweden does not support terrorists in the first place, that is not a problem.
The problem is not Turkey’s rightful demands. The problem is Turkey’s demands of corruption. The agreement points to Turkey backing away from that.

it ain’t over until all NATO states have approved Sweden and Finland.

Apparently Turkey did a 180 degree after a private conversation between Biden and Erdogan.
 

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Apparently Turkey did a 180 degree after a private conversation between Biden and Erdogan.
In order to talk about a 180 degree turn, Turkiye must have given up on its requests. Which one did TR give up?

From the very beginning, we laid down two basic principles. One is the joint fight against terrorism, the second is the end of embargo etc practices in accordance with the spirit of alliance. These requests are the principles that the NATO secretary general has repeatedly expressed and justified also.

We did not take a hostile attitude towards either Sweden or Finland. The Baltic enlargement, and especially Finland's membership, is perfectly compatible and beneficial with Turkish geopolitics. BUT, We are dealing with very serious terrorism problems. If it was Sweden in our place, or any other European country, it would probably have been blocked forever. Moreover, this is the right of all members arising from the spirit of the NATO convention.

Don't be fooled by the words of a few Greek trolls here. Greece blocked Macedonia for 20 years. And its justification is neither trade barriers nor terrorism. They demanded that the country's constitution be changed.

Anyway, Finland and Sweden signed a letter of intent on these basic principles' acceptances, which is good signal for us.

In this dialogue effort current turkish goverment announced that it will support the full membership of the countries in question under the conditions reached in this agreement, -although the final decision maker is the parliament-.

We have taken a step towards you. We will of course closely monitor your response to this.

There are many examples of similar issues in Turkish political history. One of them is, for example, the 1 March Bill. Despite the US's promise of tens of billions of dollars in hot money, a huge military grant offer and even geopolitical promises, it was presented to the Turkish Grand National Assembly on February 25, 2003 and rejected in the general assembly. 2002 was one of the most difficult turning points of the republic, both in the fight against terrorism and in the economy. Despite this, the parliament did not compromise its principled stance.

Turkiye's friendship is valuable. I hope your government manages to run the process without destroying it.
 
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Our Kothas are greedy and selfish. But I think IK is naive too. He thinks inside working of western system is as perfect as his political science books from 70s.

True he was somewhat naive as well — but a lot better than the current crop of talent we have in place now.
 

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In order to talk about a 180 degree turn, Turkiye must have given up on its requests. Which one did TR give up?

From the very beginning, we laid down two basic principles. One is the joint fight against terrorism, the second is the end of embargo etc practices in accordance with the spirit of alliance. These requests are the principles that the NATO secretary general has repeatedly expressed and justified also.

We did not take a hostile attitude towards either Sweden or Finland. The Baltic enlargement, and especially Finland's membership, is perfectly compatible and beneficial with Turkish geopolitics. BUT, We are dealing with very serious terrorism problems. If it was Sweden in our place, or any other European country, it would probably have been blocked forever. Moreover, this is the right of all members arising from the spirit of the NATO convention.

Don't be fooled by the words of a few Greek trolls here. Greece blocked Macedonia for 20 years. And its justification is neither trade barriers nor terrorism. They demanded that the country's constitution be changed.

Anyway, Finland and Sweden signed a letter of intent on these basic principles' acceptances, which is good signal for us.

In this dialogue effort current turkish goverment announced that it will support the full membership of the countries in question under the conditions reached in this agreement, -although the final decision maker is the parliament-.

We have taken a step towards you. We will of course closely monitor your response to this.

There are many examples of similar issues in Turkish political history. One of them is, for example, the 1 March Bill. Despite the US's promise of tens of billions of dollars in hot money, a huge military grant offer and even geopolitical promises, it was presented to the Turkish Grand National Assembly on February 25, 2003 and rejected in the general assembly. 2002 was one of the most difficult turning points of the republic, both in the fight against terrorism and in the economy. Despite this, the parliament did not compromise its principled stance.

Turkiye's friendship is valuable. I hope your government manages to run the process without destroying it.
The No of Yesterday became a Yes.
The demand for extradition suddenly became just an agreement that request should be handled promptly, but according to normal procedures.
This means that politicians cannot promise any extraditions, since they are not allowed to involve themselves in such decisions according to Swedish Law.
 

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Don't be fooled by the words of a few Greek trolls here. Greece blocked Macedonia for 20 years. And its justification is neither trade barriers nor terrorism. They demanded that the country's constitution be changed.
Greece again?
Why should you Turks always bring Greece as a comparison?
Finally getting serious.
 

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