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Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmush said on Monday that the remarks of the head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) over the role of Gülen in the July 15 coup attempt "mean more hostility with Turkey" and deemed the words "unacceptable."

Axar.az reports that in an interview with the Der Spiegel weekly published Saturday, BND chief Bruno Kahl said about the Gülenist terror cult's (FETÖ) role in the coup: "Turkey has tried on different levels to convince us of that, but they have not succeeded."

Speaking to reporters in the capital Ankara, Kurtulmuş said: "I would like to say that we have difficulty to understand why on earth he said those remarks.

"That means taking hostility with Turkey one more step further, and backing FETÖ totally."

Led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, FETÖ is accused of orchestrating the July 15 coup plot -- which left 249 people killed and 2,193 injured -- as well as being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and the judiciary.

Turkey has submitted evidence of the FETÖ coup plot to governments worldwide, including Germany and the U.S., and urged them to eliminate FETÖ institutions in their own countries as well as extradite suspected members.

"Was it [the death toll] supposed to be 250,000 and not 250, in order to prove that FETÖ was behind it?" asked Kurtulmuş.

Date
2017.03.21 / 09:00
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