Coalition wants arms embargo against NATO ally Turkey

The government parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie want the EU to impose an arms embargo against NATO ally Turkey. It is a punitive measure for Turkey’s involvement in various conflicts in the region, including the Nagorno-Karabakh battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Today, the four parties are submitting a motion to that effect during the discussion of the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ankara government is in violation of international law by its involvement in the armed conflicts in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean. There Turkey drills for oil in an area that belongs to Greece.

The cabinet should work for an arms embargo in an EU context, say the coalition partners. “Time and again Turkey has crossed the line. It is time for firm measures,” said Member of Parliament Joël Voordewind of the ChristenUnie. According to him, Turkey has transferred Syrian jihad fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight there.

‘Rogue state’

For Sjoerd Sjoerdsma from D66, the size is full. “If Erdogan foments military conflict instead of promoting stability, we must draw a clear line: no more weapons to Turkey as long as this continues.”

Martijn van Helvert of the CDA believes that Erdogan is letting his country “slide to the edge of a rogue state”. “It’s bad that we have to, but we want the EU to impose an arms embargo on our NATO ally. We must protect innocent civilians.”

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