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Turkey Warns Against Greece Becoming "Safe Haven" for Coup Plotters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged Greece to not become a “safe haven” for plotters of last year’s coup attempt, citing the 995 people who have applied for asylum since the failed putsch.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart; Nikos Kotzias, Cavusoglu said asylum seekers needed to be evaluated to determine those linked to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who was blamed by Turkey for masterminding the putsch.
“We would not want our neighbour Greece, with whom we are improving our ties, to be a safe haven for Gulenists. We believe these applications will be evaluated meticulously and that traitors will not be given credit,” Cavusoglu said.
Responding to Cavusoglu’s comments, Kotzias said the decisions on asylum seekers were made by the Greek judiciary and had to be respected even if “it doesn’t please some”.
Relations between Turkey and Greece were further strained in May after a Greek court ruled to not extradite eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece following last year’s coup attempt.
“Unfortunately, the Greek courts did not extradite (the eight soldiers), and this has greatly disappointed us,” Cavusoglu said.
He added that two other soldiers, accused of trying to assassinate Erdogan on the night of the coup, had also fled to Greece, and that Turkey had demanded their extradition.

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