De Gucht reportedly brought the matter up with Gul this week, noting that it was unacceptable for Erdal to have been able to escape from house arrest, when 32 members of the Belgian intelligence team were supposed to be watching her every move. Erdal's flight from house arrest opened the way to serious political debates in Belgium at the time, and eventually the decision to remove Dassen from his posting was made. Said De Gucht yesterday in Ankara:
"If Erdal is still within Belgian borders, all serious efforts will be made to find her. We are hoping to find Erdal prior to November 7. If we do find her, we will absolutely extradite her to Turkey."