Turk­ish of­fi­cers seek­ing asy­lum in other NATO coun­tries

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRUSSELS: The chief of NATO says that Turk­ish NATO of­fi­cers have sought asy­lum in al­lied coun­tries amid a Turk­ish gov­ern­ment crack­down fol­low­ing a failed mil­i­tary coup. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg said Fri­day that “some Turk­ish of­fi­cers work­ing in the NATO com­mand struc­ture ... have re­quested asy­lum in the coun­tries where they are work­ing.” Each coun­try will as­sess the claims in­di­vid­u­ally, Stoltenberg said in Brussels. He did not iden­tify the coun­tries or the num­bers in­volved, or give rea­sons for the re­quests. Ger­man me­dia have re­ported asy­lum claims in Ger­many by mem­bers of the Turk­ish mil­i­tary. Turkey has ar­rested thou­sands of mem­bers of its mil­i­tary fol­low­ing the July coup at­tempt, and Stoltenberg noted that Turkey has made “nu­mer­ous” changes in its NATO per­son­nel. Stoltenberg is trav­el­ing to Is­tan­bul to­mor­row.—AP

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