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Parliamentary questions
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28 August 2014
E-005877/2014(ASW)
Joint answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :E-006115/14 , E-005877/14
Question references: E-005877/2014, E-006115/2014

The Commission does not have any evidence to support press allegations that Turkish ambulances have been driving injured ISIS fighters for treatment or that Turkey has been assisting ISIS in Iraq. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly dismissed such allegations, noting that ISIS poses a significant security threat to Turkey and that it is still holding Turkish diplomatic staff hostage. The shared threat of extremist fighters in Syria and Iraq has been an increasing focus of the EU/Turkey counter-terrorism dialogue this year and, following the attack by foreign fighters in Nigde on 20 March 2014, the Turkish authorities have adopted concrete measures to step up control on crossings at the border with Syria. The EU and its Member States are in close contact with the Turkish authorities to further cooperate on the issue of foreign fighters joining in particular ISIS.

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