Analysis 24 Mar 17

Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

Ankara, Sarajevo

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands Bosnia to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the failed coup last year. Photo: Murat Cetinmuhurdar Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP

Bosniak leaders in Bosnia are in a tight spot, having failed to meet demands from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the failed coup last year.

Over recent months, Turkey has increased pressure on governments and allies across the region, demanding closure of all organisations and firms they see as linked to Gulen’s Hizmet movement, Hizmet, which the Turkish government calls “the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation” or “FETO”.

“FETO is a threat not only to Turkey but also to around 160 countries where it is active. The terrorist organisation, which aims to place the individuals who study at its schools abroad in the civil services of these countries, in order to use them in line with its goals, remains a threat to all countries where it has a presence,” Turkish Ambassador to Bosnia Haldun Koc told BIRN in a statement.

“We have provided the Bosnian authorities with a list of FETO’s educational institutions,” Koc added.

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