Monday 18 July 2016 | 9:15 PM Damascus Local Time
  • US, EU Warn Turkey From Returning The Death Penalty Against Plotters


    Agencies (Qasioun) - The United States, the European Union and NATO on Monday warned Turkey to respect the rule of law after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government launched a massive crackdown following the failed coup.


    Germany and the EU also said any move by Turkey, a key Western ally, to reinstate the death penalty for the plotters of the uprising would derail Ankara's long-stalled EU membership bid.


    US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in Brussels that Friday's attempted putsch was "no excuse" for excessive action, as Turkish authorities said they had arrested over 7,500 people.


    "We will certainly support bringing the perpetrators of the coup to justice but we also caution against a reach that goes well beyond that," Kerry told a press conference with Mogherini.


    The EU and US "urge the government of Turkey to uphold the highest standards of respect for the nation's democratic institutions and the rule of law", he added.


    Kerry said that NATO, the western military alliance of which Turkey is a key member, would "measure very carefully what is happening" with respect to democracy.


    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg later said he had spoken to Erdogan to say that "valued" ally Turkey must stick to the same standards as the other 27 members.


    "Being part of a unique community of values, it is essential for Turkey, like all other allies, to ensure full respect for democracy and its institutions, the constitutional order, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms," Stoltenberg said in a statement.


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman denounced "revolting scenes of caprice and revenge against soldiers on the streets" after disturbing pictures emerged of the treatment of some detained suspects.


    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that "the rule of law must prevail".


    Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders also urged restraint, saying: "It's normal to punish those involved in the coup, but it's (also) normal to ask for respect for the rule of law."


    Source: AFP

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