The Netherlands to send Patriots to Turkey
7 December 2012, 15.20 hrs
In the short term, the Netherlands will send 2 Patriot units to Turkey, its NATO ally, to protect its territory and population against attacks from Syria. In principle, deployment of the units is for one year. A maximum of 360 military personnel will accompany the units. The Cabinet informed the House of Representatives of the above today.
The Patriots will have a purely defensive task and will not support an offensive operation or enforcement of a no-fly zone. The exact location for deployment of the missile air defence system is yet to be established.
Turkeyrequested NATO for deployment of Patriot systems on 21 November. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States are the only countries within NATO that have Patriots of the required standard. Earlier this week, NATO consented to the request for assistance, independent of decision making by national governments.