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Turkey will have control over the Patriot missiles that are slated to be deployed on its border to Syria, Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy leader Hüseyin Çelik said today, according to daily Hürriyet.

No need for Parliament's permission for Patriots, Turkish PM says 

A move to place Patriot missiles on Turkish soil is a NATO decision that does not require the assent of the Turkish Parliament, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said during a visit to Pakistan for a D-8 Summit.
"According to the Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, our soil is NATO's soil." he said. “The Turkish Parliament's permission is not needed for this process, as this is an action taken by NATO."

The Turkish military will determine appropriate locations for the deployment of the missiles, he said.

"This deployment should be seen only a defensive measure against possible attacks from [Syria on] the other side of the border,” he said.

Speaking about Turkey’s recent effort to secure a truce between Hamas and Israel, Erdoğan said: "Our visit to Cairo was also an attempt for a cease-fire. We wish to see this ceasefire continue.”


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Roger Harding

11/22/2012 5:21:04 PM

Solidarity from NATO is fine. Turkey should embark on developing it's own missile defence. Turkey should not be in a position to request material and experts all the time from others. Iron Dome in Israel was very successful. Learn from it. Do not depend on any other nation for defence. No matter how allied other nations may be.

Brian Irlanda

11/22/2012 3:22:03 PM

It is good that Turkey will have access to this defence system but where is the financial help to assist feeding and housing more than 120.000 refugees? But it is true what mistique said, Turkey requested Patriots, they were not offered, (officially anyway). But people are confusing control over the missiles and operation of the missiles. It is true non-Turkish forces will be actually operating or firing the weapons but it will be under the control of the Turkish military command on the ground.

Faruk Beisser

11/22/2012 3:13:30 PM

Besides Truther, who rambles garbage, to the others, the truth is that Turkish military may determine where the rockets are to be stationed, but the control over them lies strictly with the nation that provides them. An example: should Germany detach the missiles 150 German soldiers will be send for their operation, they will have a Turkish general attached to them for show towards the Turkish public, but the final command lies with the German commander.

R Collins

11/22/2012 2:14:34 PM

It's a NATO action so Turkey's legislature doesn't have a say but Turkey's military (not NATO) will determine where they go and Turkey (not NATO) will have control over them. Sounds like an inconsistency to me.

Rimon Tree

11/22/2012 1:57:57 PM

@ Erdogan SPOT ON! His Ego hurt very much, because nobody heeded him at all in Cairo, Israel included, now he tries to save his face and make himself and the world feel as if he was important! He is such a fake!

Johanna Dew

11/22/2012 1:25:39 PM

@mystiqyeholland: spot on and honest!! you finely get the picture.:) groet

Erdogan Erdogan

11/22/2012 11:43:13 AM

"Our visit to Cairo was also an attempt for a cease-fire" it is a jok ,he has nothin to do with cease-fire he is not relevant.

Johanna Dew

11/22/2012 11:16:35 AM

Oh...and why has it first go through the Dutch and German parliaments for approval? NATO laws are not superior to the laws 0f each member nations. Especially now with these Patriots ca 80 Dutch soldiers will be exploited for managing these systems. No knowledge for that in Turkey.


11/22/2012 11:12:33 AM

Soo what, now your saying NATO have power over Turkish lands and a higher authority then the Turkish Parliament? Wake up people, wake up and smell the traitor! It is obvious we need these missiles for defense however, we should not be so reliant on NATO. One day he his is criticizing NATO and the next he is saying basically saying they have free reign over our lands... Bi-polar much? Turkeys soil belongs to the Turks onlyl. Turk blood was spilled for that soil, not NATO blood!

mistique holland

11/22/2012 10:38:27 AM

And AGAIN Erdogan is wrong. It is TURKEY whom is asking for the patriot missiles because it is NOT an offer made by NATO but by request of Turkey!!! And the Dutch, German AND USA goverment must agree with the instalment as it means they have to deliver the soldiers!!!How short sighted of Erdogan. I once thought he was the best thing for Turkey but nowadays I wonder to what level the is taken the country and why he is always suggesting that Turkey does it all alone and keeps refusing help
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