Statement by the North Atlantic Council following meeting under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty
The North Atlantic Council met today at Turkey’s request to hold consultations under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which states that “the parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the parties is threatened.”
Turkey requested the meeting in view of the seriousness of the situation after the recent terrorist attacks, and to inform Allies of the measures it is taking.
At its meeting today, the North Atlantic Council discussed the threats against Turkey.
We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Turkey, and express our condolences to the Turkish government and the families of the victims in Suruç and other attacks against police and military officers.
Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and to international stability and prosperity. It is a global threat that knows no border, nationality, or religion – a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together.
Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations can never be tolerated or justified.
The security of the Alliance is indivisible, and we stand in strong solidarity with Turkey.
We will continue to follow the developments on the South-Eastern border of NATO very closely.