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NATO proposes mediation in Germany-Turkey conflict resolution
10:02, 25 July 2017
NATO proposes mediation in Germany-Turkey conflict resolution

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg proposed to organize a visit of German lawmakers to the troops serving at the Turkish airbase

10:02, 25 July 2017

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NATO's secretary general is offering to broker a visit by German lawmakers to troops serving on a Turkish air base in an attempt to heal a rift between the two allies which is disrupting anti-Islamic State operations. This was reported by Reuters.

The mediation offer by NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, announced on Monday, came as Ankara itself sought to limit the economic fallout from the damaging row with Berlin, dropping a request for Germany to help it investigate hundreds of German companies it said could have links to terrorism.

Germany has become increasingly worried by President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on the Turkish opposition since a coup attempt last year - concerns made more acute by the arrest this month of six human rights activists, including one German.

Related: Ankara again blocks visit of German diplomats to NATO base in Turkey

"The Secretary General has now offered to arrange a visit for parliamentarians to Konya airfield within a NATO framework," alliance spokesman Piers Cazalet said on Monday. "Konya airfield is vital for NATO operations in support of Turkey and the Counter-ISIS Coalition."

As it was reported earlier Germany began withdrawal of military from Incirlik base because of conflict with Ankara. The withdrawal of the contingent from the territory of another member state of NATO is unprecedented case in the history of the Bundeswehr.

Related: European Parliament urges EU to drop integration talks with Turkey

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