Turkey makes significant contributions to NATO, envoy says

Turkey is a very strong and longstanding member of NATO, and historically made significant contributions to the well-being of all its allies, Ismail Alper Coskun, Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan, told Trend in an interview.

“Currently if we are looking at the geography that Turkey is situated in, our continuous contributions are quite evident,” the ambassador said.

Coskun said he does not see any direct correlation between Turkey’s relationship with NATO and what is going on in Turkey.

“Obviously it is a big challenge because significant number of military personal have been withdrawn from the duties. Some have been retired, some have been implicated in the coup attempt,” the ambassador said.

But Turkey institutes with a number of new reforms and wants to make sure that what happened on 15th of July will never be repeated in Turkey, the ambassador said.

He also added that all the institutions in Turkey will be reformed and both with the democracy and with systemic improvements the country will continue to play very important role not only in this region or as a member of the alliance, but on the global scale.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

Source: Trend News Agency