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

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Posted: Oct 24, 2017 9:25 AM

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)