World Bulletin / News Desk
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Fetullah Gülen, who led the failed coup attempt in Turkey, could demand asylum from a third country, particularly a country in Central Asia.
“FETÖ has chosen Central Asia as its safe haven and Gülen might have planned to particularly escape to Kyrgyzstan. We have already warned them of his possible act. He may even orchestrate a coup plot to any country he will ask for asylum,” Çavuşoğlu said during a televised debate on Monday.
“Anyone, who attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government through a coup plot, should not be granted asylum,” he called.
Çavuşoğlu unveiled the government's plan to dismiss all diplomats who are closely linked to the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization, or FETÖ. “We are acting with great care and attention. We have had cross-examinations to avoid any margin of error. We are meticulously assessing every tip-off and bit of information. There will be dismissal at the level of ambassador,” he explained.
The minister also lashed out at the European Union, which threatened to block Turkey's EU accession process, if the death penalty becomes reimposed. “They are not the boss of Turkey and can not speak to it threateningly. You have been wasting our time over the membership for 60 years and then you say your accession will not be accepted if the death penalty returns. They can express their views about the capital punishment, but they cannot speak by looking down on Turkey,” he added.
The government's supporters at the huge rallies demanded that coup plotters in the military junta be executed. Authorities in Brussels warned that if Turkey restores capital punishment, its bid to join the 27-member bloc will be finished.
Since the July 15 attempted coup, which saw a faction of the armed forces try to take Turkey, more than 50,000 people from the police, the military, the judiciary and civil service have been detained or suspended.