NATO READIES PATRIOT MISSILE FOR DEPLOYMENT ALONG SYRIAN BORDER

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Xinhua News Agency
November 21, 2102

German FM approves Turkey’s missile request

BERLIN: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the country’s ambassador to NATO on Wednesday to approve Turkey’s official request for NATO patriot missiles to be stationed near Turkish-Syrian border to help defend it from attacks.

“I’ve told the German ambassador to accept the request, of course if the necessary conditions are met,” Westerwelle said at the lower house of parliament, adding that rejecting the request would cause severe consequences for NATO.

The final decision on German troops’ mission in Turkey must be approved in the parliament.

The Turkish government said in a statement in Ankara on Wednesday that “in face of the threats and risks posed to our national security by the ongoing crisis in Syria…it has been decided to formally request from NATO that our national air defense be reinforced with the support of allied air defense elements.”

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement that NATO will discuss Turkey’s request without delay.

Rasmussen said it was up to Germany, the Netherlands and the United States that have Patriot missile systems to decide whether they can provide the missiles for deployment in Turkey and for how long.

During the 1991 Gulf war and 2003 Iraq war, Turkey had twice requested NATO for the deployment of Patriot missiles. In both cases, deployments were carried out by the Netherlands.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
November 21, 2012

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Patriot Missile Deployment to Turkey

I have received a letter from the Turkish government requesting the deployment of Patriot missiles. Such a deployment would augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey. It would contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO’s south-eastern border. And it would be a concrete demonstration of Alliance solidarity and resolve.

NATO will discuss Turkey’s request without delay. If approved, the deployment would be undertaken in accordance with NATO’s standing air defence plan. It is up to the individual NATO countries that have available Patriots – Germany, the Netherlands and the United States – to decide if they can provide them for deployment in Turkey and for how long. Next week a joint team will visit Turkey to conduct a site-survey for the possible deployment of Patriots.

The security of the Alliance is indivisible. NATO is fully committed to deterring against any threats and defending Turkey’s territorial integrity.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
November 21, 2012

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Patriot Missile Deployment to Turkey

I have received a letter from the Turkish government requesting the deployment of Patriot missiles. Such a deployment would augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey. It would contribute to the de-escalation [sic] of the crisis along NATO’s south-eastern border. And it would be a concrete demonstration of Alliance solidarity and resolve.

NATO will discuss Turkey’s request without delay. If approved, the deployment would be undertaken in accordance with NATO’s standing air defence plan. It is up to the individual NATO countries that have available Patriots – Germany, the Netherlands and the United States – to decide if they can provide them for deployment in Turkey and for how long. Next week a joint team will visit Turkey to conduct a site-survey for the possible deployment of Patriots.

The security of the Alliance is indivisible. NATO is fully committed to deterring against any threats and defending Turkey’s territorial integrity.

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RT
November 21, 2012

NATO confirms receiving Turkey’s Patriot missile request

NATO has confirmed that it received a request from Ankara to deploy Patriot missiles on Turkish territory. The coalition said it would process the appeal soon.

“I have received Turkey’s request for NATO to deploy Patriot missiles. Allies will discuss this without delay,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said via his Twitter account.

“The situation along the Syrian-Turkish border is of great concern,” Rasmussen said earlier at a meeting with the European Union’s foreign and defense ministers. “We have all plans in place to defend and protect Turkey if needed.”

The confirmation comes two weeks after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that he had requested that NATO install the surface-to-air missiles near the Turkish border with Syria. Prime Minster Recip Tayyip Erdogan later denied that Turkey had made such a request.

Davutoglu said that the missiles were needed to bolster defenses on its border with Syria. The surface-to-air missiles will be able to shoot down aircraft up to 160 kilometers away.

The Patriot is a long-range, all-weather and all-altitude defense system capable of countering tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

Within NATO only the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have Patriot missile systems available.

Reports say Germany has already spoken in favor of the request. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, that he ordered the German Ambassador to Turkey “to positively receive such a request.”

“It would be a serious mistake if we were to refuse defensive support to a NATO member country in a moment when this member country feels that it is exposed to attacks from outside,” he said.

NATO installed Patriot systems by Turkish request two times, during the first and second Iraq wars in 1991 and 2003. The systems, however, went unused and were removed from the country shortly after the wars. In both cases the deployment was carried out by the Netherlands.