Release Turks from military service

21st March 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Labour party (PvdA) wants Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen to urge Turkish authorities to exempt Turkish Dutch nationals living in the Netherlands of mandatory military service in Turkey.

21 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Labour party (PvdA) wants Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen to urge Turkish authorities to exempt Turkish Dutch nationals living in the Netherlands of mandatory military service in Turkey.

PvdA MP Angelien Eijsink said on the current affairs programme Netwerk on Monday that this is most urgent in the case of Turkish Dutch who work for the defence department or the police force.

Turkey requires all young men to serve 15 months in the military, but Turks living abroad can have this requirement waived upon payment of just over EUR 5,000.

Even in that case they are still required to serve in the military in Turkey for a brief three-week period, on pain of losing their Turkish nationality if they fail to do so.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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