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Milliyet - Turkey | Monday, January 20, 2014

Turkish ambassadors to denigrate Gülen

Speaking at a traditional start-of-the-year reception held last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the country's ambassadors to explain abroad the government's position regarding the movement led by Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen. According to the government, Gülen is behind the corruption investigations in the country, which are tantamount to an attempted coup. This puts the embassies in a difficult position, the conservative daily Milliyet writes: "Only a few years ago the Foreign Ministry told the embassies to help the NGOs and schools that are part of the Gülen movement. ... In some Balkan countries these schools are attended by children of the political elites. What are the ambassadors supposed to say: 'Take your kids out of these schools immediately, they're dangerous'? As far as the West is concerned, the terminology about a 'coup' that the government has been using ever since the Gezi protests is pure nonsense."

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