Finland says can assure Turkey of closely monitoring PKK

Finland says can assure Turkey of closely monitoring PKK

Finland may give security reassurances to Turkey regarding the PKK group’s activities in the country, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Sunday, as Ankara says it will not approve the two Nordic countries' NATO membership over their support for terrorist groups.

Haavisto told a live broadcast that Finland would reassure Ankara that they would start monitoring the PKK’s activities in a closer manner. “Since the PKK is recognized as a terrorist group in Europe, we need to undertake the responsibility to prevent terrorist activities in Finland as well,” the top diplomat said.

Noting that negotiations with Turkey would continue at the diplomatic level, Haavisto said he expects them to last several weeks. “I am optimistic about the solution of the problems but this is not a problem,” he added.

He continued by saying that Turkish and Finnish presidents touched upon Finland’s fight against terrorism in their phone call on Saturday.

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