Just a couple of days before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set foot in Turkey following an invitation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the latter indirectly put the agenda on the table: Athens should hand over the Ankara the 8 Turkish soldiers that fled to Greece a day after the failed coup in July 2016.
The demand was set by the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) during its 5-hour meeting on Wednesday.
In a statement the MGK called for “an end to foreign aid to terror groups targeting Turkey.”
The council also stressed measures against terrorist organizations that are disturbing the country’s peace.
The council said it is “unacceptable” that some countries are refraining from extraditing terror group members.
Earlier in January, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül said that Turkey will take all legal actions for the extradition of Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen from the U.S.
FETÖ and its leader Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, including the military, police and the judiciary.
The MGK statement said also that urkey will watch closely the developments in Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean and Black Sea, taking action to protect its rights as given through international agreements.
Tsipras’ visit is scheduled for February 5.
the Greek Prime Minister and the government have repeatedly reiterated that the extradition of the 8 Turkish soldiers has been rejected by the Greek legal bodies.
Furthermore, the soldiers were granted political asylum.
PS this is Erdogan’s lost case.