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Turkish PM Erdogan accuses envoys of "provocative actions"

Source: Reuters - Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:52 AM
Author: Reuters
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ISTANBUL, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused some ambassadors in Turkey of involvement in "provocative actions" amid a widening graft probe in which 24 people, including the sons of two ministers, have been charged.

"These recent days, very strangely, ambassadors get involved in some provocative acts. I am calling on them from here, do your job, if you leave your area of duty, this could extend into our government's area of jurisdiction. We do not have to keep you in our country," Erdogan told supporters in the Black Sea province Samsun.

The U.S. Embassy to Turkey has denied any role in the investigation. (Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk)

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