: Egypt blocks UN statement to respect Turkey government

11:56 Jul. 17, 2016

Egypt blocks UN statement to respect Turkey government

The United Nations Security Council votes during a meeting on North Korea, March 24, 2016 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo)

Country's diplomats asked to remove passage about Ankara's 'democratically elected government'

The United Nations Security Council failed on Saturday to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to "respect the democratically elected government of Turkey," Reuters reports quoting "the diplomats."

The statement expressed grave concern over the situation in Turkey, urged the parties to show restraint, avoid any violence or bloodshed, and called for an urgent end to the crisis and return to rule of law.

Read also Failed Military Coup in Turkey: How it all unfolded

Statements by the 15-member Security council have to be agreed by consensus.

Diplomats said Egypt asked for a call for all parties to "respect the democratically elected government of Turkey" to be removed from the draft statement, saying the council is "in no position to qualify, or label that government - or any other government for that matter - as democratically elected or not."

A total of 265 people were killed in an attempted coup that played out on Friday night across Turkey.

Read also Turkish soldiers say they were 'not aware they were part of coup attempt'

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a former general who overthrew elected President Mohamed Mursi, of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013 after mass protests against Mursi. Turkey provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

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