Turkey's Erdogan warns of big price for countries hosting Gülenists
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday said country’s hosting terrorists would regret their decision, referring to the Gülen movement, which Ankara designates a terrorist organisation and accuses of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt, Russia Today reported.
Turkey’s strongman, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly taking place between Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, said the Gülen movement, referred to as the "Fethullah terrorist organization" by Ankara, is earning millions in the U.S. through charter schools and reiterated Turkey's demand for the U.S to extradite its leader, Fethullah Gülen.
Ankara has repeatedly called for extradition of the U.S.-based preacher, whose global Islamic network became a major player in Turkey before a fallout with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2013 when prosecutors reported to be affiliated with the Gülen movement accused members of Erdoğan’s inner circle of corruption.
The Turkish president in his speech called on parties to support "just and sustainable political solution" in neighbouring Syria, emphasising the need to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
Turkey and Russia agreed to a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, home to 3 million people. Turkey, which currently hosts 3.5 million Syrian refugees, feared for an influx of another 800,000 refugees.
"Those who equip terrorists with tens of thousands of trucks and cargo planes, load of arms for sake of tactical interests will most definitely feel sorrow in the future," Erdoğan said as he renounced the United Nations Security for "standing idle to the oppression" in Myanmar, Palestine and Bosnia among other nations.
Erdogan, a staunch critic of Israel and vocal supporter of Palestinian rights, said that remaining silent on the oppression of the Palestinians works to encourage the oppressors.
"Even if the whole world turns its back, Turkey will continue to be on the side of the oppressed Palestinians," Turkey’s strongman emphasised.
Turkish pro-government daily Star reported that Erdogan left the hall of the UN General Assembly as U.S. President Donald Trump began to speak; however, the paper later noted that this was not done in protest.
Leaders from 196 countries, including heads of states and governments, are taking part in this year’s UN General Assembly, which will feature a week of speeches, talks and high level diplomacy concerning global issues.