Turkey calls for closure of Gulen schools in Serbia

Turkish govt says Gulen responsible for July 14 coup attempt

26 October, 17:17

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, OCTOBER 26 - The Turkish government has sent a formal request to the Serbian government asking it to close all of the schools in the country sponsored by "Hizmet" religious leader Fetulah Gulen, said Mehmet Akarca, senior advisor to the Turkish president.

    In an interview with Belgrade daily Blic, Akarca said the Serbian government has sent "positive signs" on the request.

    Kudret Bulbul, president of the Turks Abroad organisation, warned Serbia of "threats coming from institutions under the control of Fetulah Gulen", whom Turkey claims is responsible for the country's July 15 attempted coup.

    "The Fetulah Gulen Organisation works worldwide and has its people in the Balkans," Bulbul said.

    "We know for a school in Belgrade, but we suspect there are more in Serbia. Most of these, regarding the Balkans, are in Bosnia-Herzegovina," he said.

    The spiritual leader of the "Hizmet" school, Fetulah Gulen has established sites in more than 100 countries worldwide, Russia being one of the few countries that refused permission for the organisation's institutions to open there.

    In the Balkans, there are 10 Gulen schools in Macedonia, seven in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and four in Kosovo.(ANSAmed).

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