Turkish main opposition party leader on Saturday said that the incident during the NATO drill in Norway cannot be just evaded with an apology.
Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as an "enemy collaborator" during a bloc exercise in Norway.
On Friday, Erdoğan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital Ankara that a portrait of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was also shown in the ‘hostile leader list’ during the computer-assisted exercise.
Speaking at an event in Ankara on Saturday, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said they cannot accept the “insult” towards Turkey's history and today's Turkey.
He said they expect a satisfactory statement from the NATO officials regarding the incident.
"It is not a topic that can be avoided with an ordinary 'we apologize' thing," Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding "Nobody can insult Turkey's (current) executives and history. We strongly condemn this.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen have apologized to Turkey over the incident.
Deputy PM slams NATO enemy chart
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Saturday Turkey strongly condemned the enemy chart incident at a NATO drill in Norway.“We strongly condemn those who conducted this dishonorable action. NATO’s apology is important, but I believe they also have some responsibility in the incident. All necessary actions should be taken regarding those who did this,” Bozdağ said.Bozdağ added that there is an “international cooperation” against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan."This [international cooperation] reached a level that gave a soldier courage to show the founder and current leader of a NATO country as an enemy target during an exercise," said Bozdağ speaking to reporters in southeastern Şırnak."Until now NATO has not seen a scandal like this. Neither did the world," Bozdağ said, adding that NATO should take necessary steps that will prevent such incidents in the future.Turkey to monitor legal proceedings over NATO incidentBozdağ welcomed the removal of those responsible from the incident and the apology of NATO secretary-general. However, he added that those who run NATO also have responsibility to take.A Norwegian national was removed from the exercise as a consequence of the incident. Erdoğan was depicted as an “enemy collaborator” during the drill."There was an incident in Norway," Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in Ankara on Friday."They used an enemy chart in Norway. In that chart, there was my name and [Mustafa Kemal] Atatürk's picture."Norway apologizes to Turkey over NATO drill incidentImmediately after the incident, Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise, Erdoğan announced.Following the incident, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has apologized to Turkey. In a written statement, Stoltenberg said: "I apologize for the offense that has been caused. The incidents were the result of an individual’s actions and do not reflect the views of NATO."Stoltenberg’s statement said that the individual in question "was immediately removed from the exercise by the Joint Warfare Centre, and an investigation is underway"."He was a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a NATO employee. It will be for the Norwegian authorities to decide on any disciplinary action," he also said.Stoltenberg added that Turkey is a "valued NATO Ally, which makes important contributions to Allied security."Polish Maj. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, the commander of the Joint Warfare Center (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway where the exercise took place, has also issued a letter of apology over the incidents, according to the anonymous NATO official.
Norway apologizes to Turkey over NATO drill incident
Norway's defense minister on Friday apologized to Turkey after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as an "enemy collaborator" during a NATO drill in the Scandinavian country.In a statement published on the Ministry's website, Frank Bakke-Jensen said: "During a NATO exercise at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger an exercise message was published on the internal exercise network."The message does not reflect Norway's views or policies and I apologize for the content of the message."The minister called Turkey "an important ally in NATO", adding "we value our good cooperation"."The Norwegian national was removed from the exercise by JWC as a consequence of the incident. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, and take the appropriate measures based on the conclusions," he said.NATO Secretary General apologizes to Turkey over ‘enemy chart’Erdoğan: We have withdrawn our troops from NATO drill in NorwayDuring the computer-assisted exercise, a Norwegian official created a dummy military chat account under the president’s name, and posted a fake chat showing Erdoğan as collaborating with an enemy, a NATO official, who asked not to be named due to the nature of the incident, told Anadolu Agency.Earlier on Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also apologized to Turkey over the incident."The incidents were the result of an individual’s actions and do not reflect the views of NATO," Stoltenberg said.
Turkey to monitor legal proceedings over NATO incident
Ankara will closely monitor legal proceedings against the perpetrators of an incident at a NATO drill in Norway, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was depicted as an “enemy collaborator” during the drill.The incident amounted to a "regrettable, immoral and unacceptable situation," said a ministry statement."Our embassy in Oslo is also undertaking necessary initiatives with the Norwegian authorities and the NATO military authorities in Norway," said the statement.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has also apologized to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, it added. "The necessary criminal proceedings” against the perpetrators “will be monitored closely," the ministry said.Immediately after the incident, Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise, Erdogan announced earlier Friday, adding a portrait of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was also shown in the ‘hostile leader list’ during the computerized drill by NATO.“There can be no alliance like that,” he said.Turkish prosecutors are also probing the incident."An investigation has been launched by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office against the perpetrator or perpetrators due to insulting and humiliating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a NATO joint exercise in Norway," said the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.Following the incident, Stoltenberg apologized to Turkey in a written statement as well as to Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar in a face-to-face meeting in Canada.