Speaking to foreign affairs ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on members to cooperate and hold discussions on non-competing terms while urging for an "absolute equality" among institutions of NATO member countries.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs meetings are being held in southern province of Antalya in Turkey on dates of May 13-14 under the chairmanship of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and is hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
During his speech, Davutoglu reminded that the violence has gained momentum in Syria and that Turkey is the only country which borders a land that is under the control of ISIS.
“ISIS causes national threat to Turkey which is the only country bordering them. International community must cooperate and have job coordination. A plan including military, economic and humanitarian dimensions is needed. We need an excellent policy and cooperation in order to take constructive steps over the border,” he said.
He also added, “Terror has no religion and we must all unite against those trying to associate Islam with terrorism.”
Noting that many problems and instability are being confronted in area surrounding NATO member countries including sectarian conflicts, domestic issues and clashes between countries, Davutoglu said all of these issues collectively affect security of all NATO countries. “These conflicts also all have influence on public order, economy and communities in these countries,” he said.
Prime minister explained that two elements have become mandatory to tackle with these problems, one of them being “prepared and sensitive” while other one is to resign “security and defence policies.”
Afghanistan, Syrian refugees and European security
Another issue addressed by Davutoglu was the threats concerning Afghanistan, as he underlined Turkey will continue to support Afghanistan, pledging “Turkey will contribute $60 million between the years of 2015-2017 for financial sustainability of Afghanistan’s national security and its defence forces.
“Turkey continues to assume responsibility of Kabul International Airport and have mission supporting the Kabul area. There are still much needed to be done in Afghanistan and NATO should continue presence in the country after 2016 as well,” Davutoglu stated.
In his speech, Davutoglu expressed over 12 million Syrians had left their country as around 2 millions of them have taken refuge in Turkey.
He compared the monetary amount spent by Turkey and the entire international community on the refugees residing in Turkey, saying that while Turkey spent $5.6 billion, the rest of the international community only had given $356 million.
Remarking the incidents regarding Ukraine, Davutoglu said it displayed the fragility of European security, he said NATO must provide support for safety of Ukrainian public. But, he reminded that “We must not forget about the suffering of Crimeans and that annexation of Crimea by Russia is not acceptable. Prevention of isolation of Crimean Tatars carries vital importance.”