Turkey should not veto the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, for reasons of world peace. Simranjit Singh Mann

The Tribune dated 20th May 2022

Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that it is unfair of Turkey to play spoilsport when Russia has unleashed and unprovoked aggression on a peaceful Ukraine. Russia has also threatened to use its nuclear arsenal and is advancing West towards Sweden and Finland.

If Turkey has any objection to Sweden giving political asylum to any person who disagrees with Turkey, then it is well within International Law as The Declaration on Territorial Asylum (1967) describes the principles on which states should base themselves in their practices relating to territorial asylum. One of the principles is non-refoulement: “the prohibition to forcibly send back a person to a country that is dangerous for the asylum-seeker. Turkey has not put its signatures to this Declaration and therefore, this act of Sweden giving political asylum to any person who is on the black book of Turkey should not offend Turkey.

If Russia is not held within Ukraine then like the German Operation Barbarossa it will sweep into peaceful Sweden and Finland with which the Sikh nation has good relations. These two countries along with Norway are models of socialism, equality and welfare of all its people.

Therefore, Turkey should not use its veto power to stop the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO as this step would in no way interfere with the policies of Turkey which claims to be a democracy.

We also appeal to OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) to use its influence in stopping Turkey from interfering with European political stability which will effect the world and the Sikhs. We do hope Turkey will respond to our party’s request as the Sikhs have good relations with Turkey and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
Email: simranjitsinghmann@yahoo.com
website: https://akalidalamritsar.in/
facebook page: @sardarsimranjitsinghmann

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