NATO Chief: Alliance Cannot Solve Greece-Turkey Dispute (video)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO‘s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the Alliance cannot solve problems and disputes between Greece and Turkey.

Speaking at an event at Leiden University College, The Hague, Stoltenberg said he spoke many times to the leaderships on either side of the Aegean.

“I recognize that this is a challenge but it is not something that NATO can solve. It can only be solved in a spirit of cooperation between Greece and Turkey.”

Stoltenberg explained that the Alliance can address security challenges facing all the allies, but not disputes within.

“We cannot take a decision contradicting the interests of one ally because NATO’s decision-making process is based on consensus.

“The way NATO was constructed makes it unable to address conflicts between allies,” Stoltenberg noted.

In an exclusive interview with the Greek Reporter in February, former NATO Commander James Stavridis defended NATO’s role.

“If the NATO Alliance didn’t exist and Turkey was outside of it, this would be a much more dangerous situation for Greece,” he stressed.