Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The struggle against NATO cannot be postponed — Statement by the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP)

Following Tayyip Erdogan's "green light" for Sweden's accession to NATO within the framework of the imperialist alliance's Summit in Vilnius, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued a statement:

"It is only a matter of time before NATO, the world’s largest terrorist organisation, expands to include one more country.

We cannot be expected to remain indifferent to Sweden’s membership of NATO. Our interest does not only come from our responsibility to fight against the role of our own government in the oppression of the peoples of other countries. 

We cannot remain indifferent because, whichever geography NATO expands into, a stronger NATO with a wider presence in a wider area means, first and foremost, more attacks to intimidate the workers of the member countries. And a growing threat of war all over the world.

We are not curious about the grounds for Erdoğan’s assurance that Sweden’s membership will be approved by the parliament. We have already said that this is the most counter-revolutionary parliament in the history of Turkey… We will not be surprised by the outcome.

But we will fulfill our increasing responsibility. We will not allow NATO, which threatens the peoples of the whole world with its existence, to gain legitimacy while NATO expands and all the actors of the bourgeois politics in our country pave the way for this expansion by settling in a pro-NATO position. We will continue to remind the anti-imperialism and anti-NATOism, which have stronger roots in these lands than it is thought to be, and we will continue to work for the strengthening of this resistance that is trying to be taken over. Without postponing. Because the necessity to remove NATO from our country with all its bases and soldiers is as urgent as the need to establish an equal, independent and secular country.

TKP Central Committee"