Northern Cyprus to clamp down on Gülenists

LEFKOŞA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Published 01.08.2016 00:00
Updated 01.08.2016 13:49

Turkey is cooperating with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) government to clamp down on groups linked to U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, accused of being behind the July 15 coup bid, the Turkish ambassador said Monday.

Derya Kanbay, Turkey's envoy in Lefkosa, told Anadolu Agency that the foiled coup was a "traitorous attack aiming to overthrow the government" by the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) that Gülen is said to lead.

He added: "We know that there are branches of that organization in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. We have been in cooperation with the government to eliminate them and to prohibit their activities."

Since the attempted coup, Turkey has arrested around 16,000 suspected FETÖ supporters and dismissed tens of thousands more from their jobs.

TRNC also lists FETÖ as a terrorist group.

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