A NATO AWACS reconnaissance plane left Brussels Airport at 8 a.m. on Friday morning with seven members of the Defence Committee in the German Bundestag on board. The plane landed in Konya in Turkey late in the morning.
The visit was originally scheduled to take place back in July, but Turkey had postponed it. Difficult diplomatic talks had to be held at various levels after that. Following the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw German Tornado jets from Incirlik, it fell to NATO to organise the visit by Members of the German Bundestag to the Konya NATO base in Turkey as part of the negotiations.
During their visit the Members of the Bundestag were able to speak to Bundeswehr soldiers stationed in Konya and to get to know the base and local conditions. "We would like to thank NATO for organising this visit," Martin Schäfer, Federal Foreign Office Spokesman, said on Friday in Berlin.
Martin Schäfer also made it clear, though, that he did not wish to attach too much political importance to the trip. What was important for the Federal Government was that the visit was made possible, "since that has to be a matter of course for an army that is under parliamentary control". Schäfer added that "given the amount of political and diplomatic effort involved, this visit is not a sustainable, viable solution".
The members of the delegation were accompanied by Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller.
سایت تابناک از انتشار نظرات حاوی توهین و افترا و نوشته شده با حروف لاتین (فینگیلیش) معذور است.