Turkey's opposition seeks more than apology from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Turkey's opposition seeks more than apology from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Turkey's opposition seeks more than apology from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rebuffed a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation apology for what he called "impudence" during the alliance's drills in Norway, where he was depicted on an "enemies chart". "In that chart, there was my name and [Mustafa Kemal] Ataturk's picture", the Turkish leader told his Justice and Development (AK) Party members, as cited by Turkish media.

The Trident Javelin exercise in Stavanger, southern Norway, is described on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation website as a "computer assisted exercise without troops on the ground", aimed at improving command structures for big operations.

"Yesterday, you have witnessed the impudence at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercises in Norway".

"I understand this impudence that targets me and founder of our republic Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as a reflection of a distorted point of view that we observe in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for a while", the president added. On Saturday, despite the officials' apologies and affirmations, the insulted leader remained steadfast, saying that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can not easily get away with the incident. "There are some mistakes that can not be committed by fools but only by vile people", Erdogan said in a televised speech.

The Turkish leader said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance: "There can be no such pact, no such alliance".

"This matter can not be covered over with a simple apology", he added.

Speaking at an event in Ankara on Saturday, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said they can not accept the "insult" towards Turkey's history and today's Turkey.

The individual involved, a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation employee, was immediately removed from the exercise, Stoltenberg said. "Turkey is a valued North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, which makes important contributions to allied security", the statement said.

Ankara prosecutors also said in a statement on Friday they had opened a criminal investigation against an individual or individuals who had denigrated and insulted Ataturk and Erdogan in the incidents.

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