The decision is also important for Turkey since many terrorists of the PKK and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) terror groups, which are on the EU terror list, are seeking asylum from the bloc under the auspices of being "persecuted" in their countries. Ankara argues that although EU leaders condemn PKK terror in rhetoric, the activities of the group in the EU countries contradict the EU authorities' stances.Greece, a favorite hideaway for fugitive terrorists from Turkey, have denied the extradition requests of 50 terrorists sought by Ankara in accordance with bilateral and international treaties since 2007. The number of rejected extradition requests includes 24 members of the DHKP-C and one member of the PKK. Terrorists fleeing Turkey took shelter in refugee camps in Lavrion near Athens under the guise of asylum seekers, especially in the 1980s. Despite the closure of Lavrion in 2013 amid pressure from Turkey, Greece continues to be the primary destination for DHKP-C terrorists.
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