For the Turkish veto, see here. The fact that the increasingly belligerent Islamic supremacists of Turkey are still in NATO shows how outmoded that organization is: it is still fighting the last war. “NATO issues reserved guestlist,” by Sevil KÃ¼Ã§Ã¼kkoÅŸum for the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News, May 12 (thanks to Joshua):
NATO members have agreed on who will participate in the upcoming Chicago summit after objections were raised by some countries, including Turkey, to a French proposal to invite top European Union bureaucrats….
Citing the EU”s commitment to a NATO peace mission in Afghanistan, France had argued that the EU should be represented by Barroso and Rompuy at the summit, while other countries, including Turkey, said participation in the summit should be reserved for member states. Opponents to France’s proposal said that if the EU was allowed to attend then other international organizations, such as the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference should also be represented at the gathering.
Israel not attending to the summit
Turkey”s objection to EU participation in NATO activities involved a more long-standing dispute over the Greek Cyprus block of Turkey”s participation in European defense institutions, such as the European Defense Agency (EDA). Turkey, a NATO member, has responded by vetoing the EU”s integration in NATO activities. Meanwhile, NATO”s top official confirmed that Israel will not be invited to the Chicago summit, but denied news reports that Turkey had blocked Israel’s participation, the Associated Press reported.
“Israel has not been invited to attend the summit because Israel is neither a participant in ISAF nor in KFOR. No one has blocked an invitation because it’s not been an issue,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon official said on May 10 that Israel was not supposed to be invited to the Chicago summit in the first place, due to “logistics and time” matters, Anatolia news agency reported.