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Turkey demands extradition of 86 “Gulenists” from northern Macedonia

Turkey expects the extradition from northern Macedonia of 86 people – Turkish citizens – whom they consider to be linked to the organization of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Ambassador to Skopje Hasan Mehmet Sekizkök said today.

The Turkish ambassador in a press conference on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the failed coup in 2016, noted that one of the main priorities of the Turkish state throughout these years has been and remains the destruction of the structures of the Gülen organization abroad. which Turkey characterizes as a terrorist organization (FETO).

Hasan Mehmet Sekizkök said that Turkey is seeking the deportation and extradition of 86 people, but as he said, the authorities of Northern Macedonia have done little to date in this regard.

“FETO structures are still located in northern Macedonia, hidden from educational institutions and companies. In any case, we are forwarding to the authorities of Northern Macedonia our requests for the closure of the FETO structures and the expulsion of persons associated with it. The closure of FETO structures and the expulsion of FETO-linked individuals will be concrete steps in bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism. “Our actions will continue resolutely to suppress FETO structures abroad,” added Ambassador Sekizkök. /ibna

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