Turkey says assesses France's NATO return
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Friday that Turkey was planning on initially sending one frigate to the international naval force to be deployed in the Gulf of Aden.
Speaking to reporters at Ankara's Esenboga Airport prior to his departure for Germany where he will be attending the 45th Munich Security Conference, Babacan said the authority vacuum in Somalia caused serious security problems in the Gulf of Aden.
Babacan said the international community has been searching ways to deal with the piracy threat offshore of Somalia, noting that Turkey preferred an international naval force to be formed under UN roof, preferably with a UN resolution.
Babacan said the government motion for deployment of Turkish naval ships in the Gulf of Aden was a positive step taken to counter such threats adding that final say over the matter belonged to the parliament.
Answering a question on France's initiative to return to NATO's military wing, Babacan said the issue was very unique and added that Turkey was contemplating the issue.
"Whether this decision needs to be put to a vote or not is still being evaluated in NATO," Babacan told reporters before departing for a security conference in Germany where top U.S. and European officials are seen discussing the issue.
"It is more of a political matter than a legal one. Most of the NATO allies see this as a positive thing but we are still evaluating," he added.
45th Munich Security Conference
Commenting on the 45th Munich Security Conference, Babacan said future of European security, disarmament, developments in Afghanistan, Caucasus, Balkans and the Middle East, would be discussed during the conference.
Babacan said he would attend a panel discussion on Balkans and the Middle East on Saturday.
Agencies Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2009, 15:08