The tragedy of Turkey’s coup attempt: International Reactions


Condemnations but full democracy and rule of law still needed

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OSCE: Deep concern and call for respect of democratic institutions in Turkey

Berlin/Vienna, 16 July 2016 – Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier both expressed deep concern after the attempted military coup in Turkey.

The Chairperson-in-Office said: “I condemn in the strongest terms any attempt to change the democratic order of Turkey through the use of force. The democratic institutions of Turkey and the constitutional order must be respected”, Steinmeier stressed. “All those that carry responsibility must adhere to the rules of democracy and the rule of law and must prevent any further bloodshed. It is encouraging that the political parties represented in the Turkish Parliament have expressed their commitment to the principles of democracy.”

Secretary General Zannier expressed faith in the wisdom of the Turkish leadership: “ I call on the Turkish Government and democratic institutions to exercise restraint in the aftermath of last night’s events. Rule of law, democracy, respect for human rights and freedom of the media must be upheld even in difficult times. We stand ready to support Turkey in safeguarding the common values and principles that constitute the cornerstone of the OSCE”, said Zannier.

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EU: Statement by the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council, and the EU High Representative on behalf of the EU Member States present at the ASEM Summit on the situation in Turkey

Ulaanbaatar, 16 July 2016 – Turkey is a key partner for the European Union. The EU fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law. We call for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order. We continue to follow closely the developments and to coordinate with the 28 EU Member States.

The High Representative Federica Mogherini conveyed an urgent meeting of EU member states Foreign ministers and their representatives, currently in Ulaanbataar for the Asem summit, to assess the situation in Turkey and coordinate political messages and support to European Union’s citizens in Turkey. They expressed support to the democratic institutions of the country and condemned the use of violence against them. They agreed that any escalation of violence involving civilians has to be avoided.

The ministers will meet again in Brussels for the Foreign Affairs Council, and will discuss again the situation in Turkey at that occasion.

The HRVP spoke with Turkish Foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and has been in contact in these hours with other Foreign ministers and with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

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The S&D Group:Full democracy and rule of law still needed

The S&D Group condemns the failed coup and violence against democracy in Turkey, and regrets all casualties.

Following the violence overnight, the S&D calls on the Turkish government to reflect of how far democracy has been undermined in the country.

Gianni Pittella, President of S&D Group, said:

Any coup attempt against democracy must be condemned. In the name of democracy no one can carry out anti-democratic actions like firing at parliament and shooting at civilians. The change of power should ultimately only take place through democratic elections.

It must be clear, however, that our severe judgement of President Erdogan; who is responsible for anti-democratic tendencies in Turkey against political opponents, freedom of the media and human rights; remains unchanged.

The S&D Group now invites the Turkish government both to improve the democratic situation in the country and to return to the peace process with the Kurds instead of exploiting this unfortunate violence overnight to further deteriorate the rule of law.

EU relations with Turkey must be based on the respect for fundamental rights and the full stabilisation of the political and democratic situation”.

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ALDE Group:

Military coups and violent takeovers can never be a solution.

I am very sad that dozens have lost their lives during the events of last night. However, what makes me hopeful is that Turkish citizens and also opposition parties have shown responsibility and courageous support for democracy. As Erdogan restores control of the country he should not misinterpret this and further polarize Turkish society. Instead, he must show restraint and resist the temptation to strengthen autocratic grip on society and media. It is critical that the constitutional order and rule of law prevails, and that Erdogan delivers on the support of Turkish citizens by returning to the path of reforms towards an inclusive democracy.

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Council of Europe: Coup attempt in Turkey condemned

Statement by Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia
I firmly condemn the coup attempt in Turkey and express my support to the democratically elected authorities. I call for the resumption of the normal functioning of public institutions and reaffirm the Council of Europe’s availability to continue to assist Turkey on the basis of the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Any attempt to overthrow the democratically elected leaders in Turkey is unacceptable in a member state of the Council of Europe, which defends democracy, human rights and the rule of law,
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

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NATO: Secretary General statement on events in Turkey

I have just spoken to the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. I am following events in Turkey closely and with concern. I call for calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey’s democratic institutions and its constitution. Turkey is a valued NATO Ally.

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Belgique:

Le Gouvernement belge exprime son soutien aux institutions démocratiques en Turquie et salue la fin de la tentative de coup d’Etat.

Il appelle à la fin des violences et au retour au calme.

Toutes les parties doivent faire preuve de retenue et respecter l’Etat de droit et l’ordre constitutionnel.

Le respect des institutions démocratiques en Turquie, et le soutien de l’Etat de droit et des libertés fondamentales sont essentiels dans le cadre de la poursuite des relations avec l’UE.

The Belgian government wishes to express its support for Turkey’s democratic institutions and is pleased that the attempted coup has ended.

We call for an end to all violence and a return to calm.

All parties have to show reserve and respect the rule of law and the constitutional order.

Respect for Turkey’s democratic institutions and support of the rule of law and the fundamental freedoms are essential for the further development of relations with the European Union.

De Belgische regering drukt haar steun uit aan de democratische instellingen in Turkije en is verheugd over de beëindiging van de poging tot staatsgreep.

Ze roept op tot de stopzetting van de gewelddadigheden en de terugkeer tot kalmte.

Alle partijen moeten blijk geven van terughoudendheid en de rechtsstaat en de grondwettelijke orde respecteren.

Het respect voor de democratische instellingen in Turkije en de steun aan de rechtsstaat en de fundamentele vrijheden zijn van essentieel belang voor de verdere ontwikkeling van de relaties met de EU.

Premier ministre Charles Michel et du Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders

Le gouvernement belge a salué samedi “la fin de la tentative de coup d’Etat” en Turquie et exprimé son “soutien aux institutions démocratiques” de ce pays, dans un communiqué signé par le Premier ministre Charles Michel et le ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders. L’exécutif a également appelé à à la fin des violences et au retour au calme.

“Toutes les parties doivent faire preuve de retenue et respecter l’Etat de droit et l’ordre constitutionnel”, soulignent Charles Michel et le chef de la diplomatie belge.

Selon eux, “le respect des institutions démocratiques en Turquie, et le soutien de l’État de droit et des libertés fondamentales sont essentiels dans le cadre de la poursuite des relations avec l’Union européenne”.

Les Affaires étrangères prient les voyageurs belges qui ont l’intention de se rendre en Turquie de prendre contact avec leur compagnie aérienne ou leur agence de voyages pour obtenir des informations actualisées.

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Germany :

Die Bundesregierung ist zutiefst beunruhigt über die jüngsten Entwicklungen in der Türkei. “Ich rufe alle Beteiligten dazu auf, die demokratischen Institutionen der Türkei zu respektieren und die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung zu achten”, sagte Außenminister Steinmeier nach dem versuchten Militärputsch.

Wir sind zutiefst beunruhigt über die jüngsten Entwicklungen in der Türkei”, sagte Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier zum Versuch des türkischen Militärs, die Macht im Land zu übernehmen. “Alle Versuche, die demokratische Grundordnung der Türkei mit Gewalt zu verändern, verurteile ich auf das Schärfste.”

Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert erklärte via Twitter aus der Mongolei, dass die demokratische Ordnung in der Türkei respektiert werden müsse. “Alles muss getan werden, um Menschenleben zu schützen.” Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, die sich derzeit beim ASEM-Gipfel in Ulan Bator befindet, sei in laufendem Kontakt mit Außenminister Steinmeier sowie Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel und Kanzleramtsminister Peter Altmaier.

Teile des türkischen Militärs haben am Freitagabend versucht, die Macht im Land zu übernehmen. Bei dem versuchten Militärputsch wurden in der Nacht zu Samstag vermutlich mehr als einhundert Menschen getötet. Die türkische Regierung erklärte, dass die gewählte Regierung weiter an der Macht sei.

Der Außenminister rief alle Beteiligten dazu auf, die demokratischen Institutionen der Türkei zu respektieren und die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung zu achten. “Alle Verantwortlichen müssen sich an die demokratischen und rechtsstaatlichen Spielregeln halten”, so Steinmeier. Weiteres Blutvergießen müsse verhindert werden. Es sei ermutigend, dass sich die im türkischen Parlament vertretenen Parteien zu den demokratischen Prinzipien bekannt haben.

In Berlin beobachtet der Krisenstab im Auswärtigen Amt die Entwicklung der Lage in der Türkei.

Außenminister Steinmeier ruft zu Respekt für verfassungsmäßige Ordnung in der Türkei auf

Wir sind zutiefst beunruhigt über die jüngsten Entwicklungen in der Türkei. Alle Versuche, die demokratische Grundordnung der Türkei mit Gewalt zu verändern, verurteile ich auf das Schärfste. Ich rufe alle Beteiligten dazu auf, die demokratischen Institutionen der Türkei zu respektieren und die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung zu achten. Alle Verantwortlichen müssen sich an die demokratischen und rechtsstaatlichen Spielregeln halten und dafür sorgen, dass weiteres Blutvergießen verhindert wird. Es ist ermutigend, dass sich die im türkischen Parlament vertretenen Parteien zu den demokratischen Prinzipien bekannt haben.

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France: Déclaration de Jean-Marc Ayrault, ministre des Affaires étrangères

La Turquie a fait l’objet d’une tentative de coup de force contre son ordre constitutionnel et démocratique qui appelle la plus ferme condamnation de la France.

La population turque a montré sa grande maturité et son courage, en s’engageant pour le respect de ses institutions. Elle en a payé le prix avec de très nombreuses victimes, auxquelles vont mes pensées.

La France forme le vœu que le calme puisse revenir très vite. Elle espère que la démocratie turque sortira renforcée de cette épreuve et que les libertés fondamentales seront pleinement respectées.

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Déclaration du porte parole du ministère des Affaires étrangères

Le ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international suit avec une vive préoccupation la situation en Turquie.

Il appelle à éviter toute violence et à respecter l’ordre démocratique.

Il incite à nouveau les Français actuellement présents en Turquie à ne pas sortir.

Afin de répondre à leurs questions, une réponse téléphonique a été mise en place au 01 43 17 55 95 (+33 1 43 17 55 95 depuis l’étranger).

Par ailleurs, l’Ambassade de France à Ankara peut être jointe + 90 312 455 4599 ou + 90 312 455 4545 au et le Consulat général de France à Istanbul au + 90 212 334 87 50

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KKTC :

Dünya’nın hiçbir yerinde demokrasi dışı hiçbir hareket kabul edilemez. Kıbrıs Türk halkı ile yakın ilişkisi olan Türkiye’nin de yoluna çoğulcu, demokratik hukuk devleti ilkeleriyle devam etmesi, sorunlarını bu çerçevede çözümlemesi hem Türkiye hem de bölgemiz için büyük önem taşıyor. – Cumhurbaşkanı AKINCI

Cumhurbaşkanı Mustafa Akıncı, Türkiye Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’nu telefonla arayarak Türkiye’deki darbe kalkışmasından duyduğu kaygıyı dile getirdi.

Cumhurbaşkanı Akıncı Türkiye’de demokratik hukuk devleti içerisinde sivil yönetimin yoluna devam etmesinin ve sorunların bu şekilde çözülmesinin Kıbrıs Türk toplumu açısından da taşıdığı öneme vurgu yaptı.

TC Dışişleri Bakanı, mesajı nedeniyle Cumhurbaşkanı Akıncı’ya teşekkür ederek mesajını TC Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan’a ileteceğini bildirdi.

Cumhurbaşkanı Akıncı Kıbrıs Türk Barış Kuvvetleri Komutanı Korgeneral İlyas Bozkurt ve Güvenlik Kuvvetleri Komutanı Tümgeneral Erhan Uzun ile birer telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirerek, demokrasiye bağlılığın önemini vurguladı.

Görüşmelerde KKTC’de emir-komuta zincirinde herhangi bir sorun yaşanmadığı ve Türkiye’deki askeri darbe kalkışmasının KKTC’de herhangi olumsuz bir yansımasının olmadığı bilgisi Cumhurbaşkanı Akıncı’ya iletildi. Komutanlar ayrıca, herhangi bir provakasyon girişimine karşı tedbir amaçlı gerekli tüm önlemlerin alındığını bildirdiler.

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USA

The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation.

I spoke this evening to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.

We urge all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel and civilians throughout Turkey.

Our Embassy and Consulates in Turkey continue to provide updates to U.S. citizens in Turkey. U.S. citizens should shelter in place and stay indoors; and update family and friends of status when possible. Consular information for U.S. citizens can be found here: goo.gl/YPk6Te

John Kerry Secretary of State :

So with respect to Turkey, I only – because we have been engaged very deeply in discussions all day, and literally Sergey and I caught up to the news of what may or may not be happening at the very last minute before coming in here. So I think it’s inappropriate for me to comment except to say that we’ve heard the reports that others have heard. I don’t have any details at this point in time. I hope there will be stability and peace and continuity within Turkey, but I have nothing to add with respect to what has transpired at this moment.

Foreign Minister Lavrov

As for our attitude regarding your first question about the recent events in Turkey, we get all the recent updates regarding the information in that country, but I do believe that reporters and press people these days know more than diplomats. We believe that it is important right now to avoid any bloodshed, any violent clashes, and all issues should be addressed and resolved constitutionally in any country.

White House:

The President spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey. The President asked the Secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.

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