Daily Sabah: December 08/2016
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Tuesday night that their aimed goals have "actually been complied with" and thus the operation should come to an end.
The question of whether NATO patrols in the Aegean Sea will continue "cannot be answered positively at the moment," German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday.
The mission started in February and was not appointed with a clear ending date. It aimed to uncover the network of routes used for human trafficking and to register movements of refugee boats in the Aegean Sea.
All collected data was forwarded to Turkish and EU authorities, as well as to the European border agency Frontex. NATO itself does not take action against human trafficking in the sea.
Especially since Turkey saw the NATO patrols as a way of effective controls of its coasts. Theoretically, it needs approval of all NATO members to end the operation. However, Turkey can reject the continuation of the patrols along their coasts, which would paralyze the process.If Turkey really did see the NATO patrols as an effective means of control why would they wish to end them? Is this one way of distancing themselves from NATO? I don't know. Seems odd.