BERLIN At least 262 Turkish diplomats and military personnel have applied for asylum in Germany considering that a unsuccessful July coup that Turkey blames on supporters of a U.S.-centered cleric, a spokeswoman for the German Inside Ministry explained on Monday.
The selection of Turkish citizens trying to get asylum in Germany rose dramatically after the unsuccessful coup and Turkey has warned its NATO ally to reject purposes from troopers it suspects of getting links to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Annegret Korff, a German Inside Ministry spokeswoman, explained 151 applicants experienced diplomatic passports and 111 experienced no-fee passports, which are issued by governments to military services personnel and other civil servants who are on official travel assignments.
She did not specify no matter whether the 262 also bundled diplomats’ families, who would also have diplomatic position.
“Individuals figures are not really statistically seem because they are centered on the voluntary statements of the asylum applicants,” Korff told a typical governing administration information convention, suggesting the serious selection could be increased.
Tensions are running superior amongst the two NATO allies forward of a referendum in Turkey following thirty day period that proposes increasing the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. Germany infuriated Turkey by cancelling various marketing campaign rallies by Turkish ministers on German soil, drawing accusations from Turkey of “Nazi” techniques.
The German governing administration explained in December that five,166 Turkish citizens experienced applied for asylum in the 1st 11 months of previous calendar year, compared with one,767 purposes been given in the complete of 2015. Some 80 p.c of the applicants ended up ethnic Kurds.
Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik urged Germany in January to reject asylum purposes from 40 mainly superior-ranking previous troopers suspected by Ankara of getting links to the coup.
Pursuing the July fifteen coup, Turkey has arrested much more than 40,000 folks and sacked or suspended much more than one hundred,000 in the military services, civil service and private sector.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr enhancing by Ralph Boulton)