December 6 According to the Associated Press on December 5, Turkey welcomed Sweden’s extradition of a member of an illegal armed group convicted by Turkey on the 5th, saying that it was a “start” and proved Stockholm’s sincerity to alleviate Turkey’s security concerns.
Turkey, as a member of NATO, has reportedly not authorized Sweden and Finland to join NATO. It urged the two Nordic countries to fight against groups identified as terrorist organizations by Turkey and demand that the two countries extradite suspects wanted in Turkey.
It is reported that Sweden expelled a man on the 3rd. This person fled to Sweden after being convicted by a Turkish court in 2015 and was recognized by Turkey as a member of an armed group. According to Turkey’s official Anadolu News Agency, the man’s name was Mahmoud Tate and was sentenced to more than six years in prison by a Turkish court.
Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozda said in an interview with Turkish Radio and Television: “We think this is the beginning, which proves (Sweden) good faith and goodwill. If everything goes well, (extradition) will continue with the same sincerity.
According to the report, Tutter was identified as an illegal member of the PKK, which led decades of separatist insurgency in Turkey. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Meanwhile, the Finnish government met on the morning of the 5th to reach a final agreement on its proposal to join NATO and submit it to Parliament later that day.