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Turkey Coup Attempt: Reaction From Around The World

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An army group in Turkey declared a coup and martial law late on Friday, saying they had “taken control of the country”.

But thousands of peopled heeded a call by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taking to the streets to oppose the toppling of the government.

Turkish officials said on Saturday that more than 2,800 military personnel had been detained over the arrested coup that had failed.

Here is a selection of statements and reactions from Turkey and leaders around the world.

In a TV statement, the army group said:

“Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of lawand the general security that was damaged. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all ofour good relationships with all countries will continue.”

Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan,

in a FaceTime call to broadcaster CNN Turk, said he remained the leader of the country and the head of the armyand called for people to take to the streets against the coup.

“We will overcome this,”

he said, speaking on a video call to a mobile phone held up to the camera by a presenter.

He called on his followers to take to the streets to defend his government and said thecoup plotters would pay a heavy price.

“I have never recognised any power above the will of the people,”

he said.

Speaking to thousands of jubilate supporters after arriving in Istanbul later on Saturday morning, Erdogan said the coup plotters had pointed

“the people’s guns against the people.”

“The president, whom 52percent of the people brought to power, is in charge,”

Erdogan said.

“This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand againstthem by risking everything.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm. The UN is seeking to clarify the situation.

US President Barack Obama urged all parties in Turkey to back the “democratically-elected” government. Detailing a call between Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who in Russia for talks on Syria, the White House said both agreed

“all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed”.

In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry reiterated its readiness for joint constructive work with Turkey’s legitimate leadership.

“The aggravating political situation against the backdrop of existing terrorist threats in this country and an armed conflict in the region pose increased danger to international and regional stability,”

it said.

Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was

“very concerned about the situation unfolding”.

He directed Britons to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website, which advises

“to avoid public places and remain vigilant”

until the situation becomes clearer.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, said

“coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail,”

on Twitter.

“Deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative,”

Zarif added in another tweet.

Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul told CNN Turk that

“Turkey is not a Latin America country … I’m calling those who attempt to overthrow the government should go back to their barracks.”

The democratic order in Turkey must be respected and all must be done to protect lives, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Twitter.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also condemned

“any attempts to change the democratic order in Turkey by force”.

European Council President Donald Tusk called on Saturday for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order.

“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,”

Tusk said at a regional summit in Mongolia.

“We call for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order,”

he said.

The Turkish lira fell heavily after the coup attempt was launched, as much as 5.5 percent against the US dollar.

Source: Al Jazeera

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