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Finnish Foreign Minister: We can guarantee that the PKK will be monitored

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Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that they can guarantee Turkey that the PKK’s contacts in Finland will be monitored more closely.

Haavisto made evaluations about his country’s application for NATO membership to Yle television.

Pointing out that Finland and Turkey expect their country to solve the problems related to NATO membership, Haavisto stated that this may take a few weeks.

Emphasizing that the negotiations (with Turkey) will continue at the official level, Haavisto said, “I said a few days ago that it would take at least a few days. So, to be cautious, we can now say that it will take a few weeks. I am optimistic that the problems will be resolved, but this is not a problem.” .

Minister Haavisto stated that in a phone call between the presidents of Finland and Turkey yesterday, they “discussed Finland’s record of efforts against terrorism”.

Pointing out that his country can assure Turkey that the PKK’s relations will be monitored more closely, Haavisto said, “We can absolutely give such guarantees to Turkey. Since the PKK is considered a terrorist organization in Europe, in order not to allow terrorist activities in Finland, too. It is important that we do our part,” he said.

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