Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Bosnian presidency members Sefik Dzeferovic, Zeljko Komsic and Milorad Dodik in Belgrade, October 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC.
The NGOs' joint letter also criticised the inaction of the international community and recalled the consequences of the 1990s war in Bosnia.
Turkey on May 14 dismissed the U.S. State Department's latest report on religious freedom, saying it is not based on fact and ignored Ankara's efforts to promote religious freedom in the country.
The Turkey section of the International Religious Freedom Report 2020 is not based on facts, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said in a statement.
The name of the commander of the Japanese ship Heimei Maru, which brought 1,012 Turkish soldiers captured by the Russians during World War I to Istanbul, has been given to a street in Beykoz district.
Lieutenant-Colonel Yukichi Tsumura refused to hand over the Turkish prisoners to the Greek soldiers who had blocked the Japanese ship in the Aegean Sea.
The Turkish military’s operations in Syria will continue “until all terrorists are fully eliminated” and around 3.5 million Syrian refugees return to their homes, the Ankara government announced after a top security summit held on the fourth day of “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin.
The U.S. should move its nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base and start looking for alternatives to the longtime military hub in Turkey, a country that can no longer be fully relied on, analysts and former military officials said.
The U.S. military maintains about 50 nuclear warheads at Incirlik, according to nuclear watchdog organizations.
Turkish aeroplanes and helicopters illegally entered Greece’s airspace 141 times on May 15th, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported.
According to Greek press reports, 20 Turkish F-16, 5 CN-235 maritime surveillance aircraft and 19 helicopters entered the Athens flight information region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan.
Ankara has historically tended to side with the United States whenever relations with the European Union have deteriorated.
There was a half-day general strike on Monday in Northern Cyprus. It was aimed at serving as a warning to the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün, accused of mismanagement and incompetency.