Turkey Coup: World leaders react to Turkey's attempted military coup

09:31 Jul. 16, 2016

World leaders react to Turkey's attempted military coup

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016

Obama, Merkel urge all parties to respect democratically-elected government

Turkey's allies, fellow NATO member nations and world leaders swiftly reacted Friday to an attempted coup Friday night.

US President Barack Obama urged all parties in Turkey to back the "democratically-elected" government, after a group of servicemen attempted to launch a coup in the country.

"The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey," said US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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.

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EU President Jean-Claude Juncker also sent a tweet, saying: "EU supports #Turkey's democratically elected government, institutions and rule of law. Call for return to constitutional order."

Tensions cannot be resolved by guns, European Council President, Donald Tusk said on Saturday speaking in Mongolia during a regional summit.

He added that the consequences of the coup attempt would be crucial for the whole region and for EU-Turkey relations.

"The tension in and challenges for Turkey cannot be solved with guns. Military coups have no place in modern Turkey. There's no alternative to democracy and the rule of law. I'm afraid that today it's too early to speculate on the consequences as events continue to unfold the situation in Istanbul looks under control but in fact it's still far from stabilisation," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrote in a tweet that he spoke with the Turkish Foreign Minister. "I call for calm, restraint & full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions and constitution," Stoltenberg wrote, without saying what actions, if any, NATO would take.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also said he was "very concerned."

Concern was also voiced by the Kremlin - spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia's President Vladimir Putin was being kept constantly updated on the situation in Turkey.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement, condemning the attack.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express our concern about this evening's events in Turkey. We call for restraint by all parties. Canada supports the preservation of Turkish democracy, and condemns any attempt to subvert Turkey's democratic institutions by force of arms," the statement said.

Based on reporting by NBCNews

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