NATO and Turkey, Stoltenberg and Çavuşoğlu

NATO approves Turkey’s name change

The UN, NATO and the EU have confirmed the official name change of Turkey, which maintains the veto over Sweden’s accession.

NATO has given its approval to the official name change of Turkey, one of the oldest members of the Atlantic Alliance and which has the second largest army in the organization, second only to the United States in number of troops.

The change of official name of the Eurasian country for “Türkiye” (the Turkish name of Turkey) occurs after a few days ago the permanent delegation of Turkey to NATO presented a letter to the secretary general of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, to use the name Türkiye instead of other foreign language versions of the country’s name.

Last week the United Nations also confirmed that it had accepted the request to change Turkey’s name, in response to a request made to the UN Secretary-General by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The institutions of the European Union have also been informed of the change in the official name of Turkey.

The Ankara government is promoting the change to eliminate the usual denomination of Turkey, the country’s English name used internationally, but which in that language has negative connotations.

Sweden tries to distance itself from the PKK

On the other hand, the Swedish Christian Democrat opposition has urged the government to cut its ties with the independent deputy of Kurdish-Iranian origin Amineh Kakabaveh, after Turkey has threatened to veto Sweden’s NATO bid due to the ambiguous position that the the Stockholm government has for years stood against the PKK, an armed organization that has caused more than 40,000 deaths in Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the EU.

Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch urged Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to distance herself from Kakabaveh, who openly supports the PKK’s Syrian branch, the YPG, which controls regions of northern Syria bordering Turkey. Busch accused Kakabaveh – ex-combatant of the armed group of Marxist ideology Komala – of taking national security and Sweden’s NATO bid as “hostage”, to which Andersson replied that she would seriously study the proposal in an attempt to bring positions closer with Turkey.