Qr-13, 14 March 2019, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The Press Release Of The Us Embassy In Pristina Regarding The Deportation Of Six Fetö Affiliated Individuals To Turkey

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 13.03.2019

We achieve concrete results in our fight against the Fetullah Gülen Terorist Organization’s (FETÖ) links abroad in cooperation with many other countries. The fact that FETÖ poses a security risk not only against Turkey, but against all countries it operates, is gradually becoming more and more apparent.

Accordingly, following the decision of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Pakistan has also recently declared FETÖ as a terrorist organization. FETÖ linked schools have either been closed down, taken over by the host country or transferred to the Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMV) in over 20 countries in different parts of the world. Many countries, including some in the Balkans, have deported FETÖ affiliated individuals. There are also ongoing legal investigations against FETÖ elements in numerous countries.

All these measures have been carried out within the legal framework of these countries and in accordance with the rules of international law.

One of the basic requirements for countering terrorism is sincere international cooperation based on legal principles.

Balkans is a region particularly dear to us and we attach importance to the continuation of this solid approach by the countries of the region which have taken measures against FETÖ, an existential threat against Turkey. We call upon other partners and allies to display the same judicious approach, instead of attempting to prevent measures against FETÖ.

Mustafa Osman Turan Ambassador
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