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Fighting FETO is Turkey's sine qua non: Turkish VP

– Vice President Fuat Oktay makes closing speech during debate on Turkey’s 2019 budget

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's fight against terrorism will continue until the last terrorist is destroyed, the country’s vice president said early Saturday.</p> <p>&quot;Our fight notably against FETO, the PKK and Daesh is our sine qua non and is continuing,&quot; said Fuat Oktay during his closing speech on the final day of debate over Turkey’s 2019 budget.</p> <p>Oktay noted that Turkey had &quot;seriously&quot; changed its strategy on fighting terrorism.</p> <p>&quot;We are no longer confronting the threats and dangers in our region, but wherever they exist,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;We intend to continue our fight [against terrorism] until the last terrorist that poses a threat to our country is destroyed.&quot;</p> <p>The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.</p> <p>Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.</p> <p>In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.</p> <p>

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