International community calls for calm, restraint in Turkey

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York, July 16 (ANI): As 60 people were reported killed and more than 120 injured in Turkey during the attempted coup by the military, the United Nations has said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is following closely and with concern the fast-moving developments in Turkey and has appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint. In a statement issued in New York, the U.N spokesman said, "At this moment of uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance." "The Secretary-General underscores that military interference in the affairs of any state is unacceptable. It will be crucial to quickly and peacefully affirm civilian rule and constitutional order in accordance with principles of democracy," the spokesman added. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "Just spoke to Turkish FM. I call for calm, restraint & full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions and constitution." United States has called on all parties in Turkey to support President Erdogan's government against a coup attempt. Speaking jointly after talks in Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they hoped that stability would prevail in Turkey and bloodshed would be avoided. Meanwhile, India has called upon all sides to support democracy and mandate of the ballot, and avoid bloodshed. Turkey has a history of coups with governments ousted on three occasions in the last decades by full military coups. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the "situation in the country is largely under control". He said a national curfew was announced, and other security forces had been called in to "do what is necessary". He said 130 soldiers detained in the coup attempt. (ANI)