EU urges 'respect for democratic institutions' in Turkey

EU urges 'respect for democratic institutions' in Turkey

BRUSSELS - Agence France-Presse
EU urges respect for democratic institutions in Turkey European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged "restraint" in Turkey after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

"In constant contact with EU Delegation in Ankara & Brussels from Mongolia. Call for restraint and respect for democratic institutions #Turkey," she tweeted from a regional summit in Ulan Bator.

Brussels will be watching with deep concern the events in Turkey, a key partner on its southeastern flank which has been trying to join the EU for many years without success.

Meanwhile, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland called the attempt "unacceptable."

"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," Jagland said in a statement.