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Turkish envoy steps up call for school to close

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One year after a failed coup in Turkey, the country’s ambassador to Cambodia is keeping up pressure to shut the Zaman International School, which Turkey links to the coup plotters.

At an event to commemorate the anniversary at Turkey’s embassy in the capital on Friday, ambassador Ilhan Tug said he still wanted the school shut down.

The Turkish government is preparing documents and evidence to give the Cambodian government in a bid to get the school closed, he said, declining to give further details. Last year he alleged the school was connected to the suspected coup plotter.

Mr Tug said on Friday he was also aware of the sensitivity of the matter in Cambodia.

“So we are trying to find some alternative options,” he said, adding the government could potentially take over control of the school.

School officials have denied any link to the coup plotters, saying the ambassador’s claims are baseless and the company has no plan to sell or transfer its share to any party or international organisation.

Zaman schools have been operating in Cambodia for 20 years.

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