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Turkey says doesn't want Greece to become 'safe haven' for coup plotters

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Turkey says doesn't want Greece to become 'safe haven' for coup plotters

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Greece on Tuesday that Ankara didn’t want it to 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 the asylum seekers needed to be evaluated to determine those linked to the network of the U.S.-based cleric Turkey accuses of masterminding the putsch. Kotzias said the decisions on asylum seekers were made by the Greek judiciary and had to be respected.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan)
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