Ambassador's Speech Regarding The Failed Coup Attempt In Turkey On The Occasion Of Meeting Of Turkish Community
Dear members of the Turkish community,
Dear friends of Turkey and Turkish democracy,
On the evening of July 15th, a factionof the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and İstanbul.
It was understood in a short time that this was a terrorist campaign. The perpetrators fired at their own people, betrayed their commanders and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.
From the very beginning, the command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood up against the coup attempt. It was merely some elements of the Air Forces, Gendarmerie and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy.
Both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures to foil the attempt.
Above all, it was the Turkish nation who thwarted the plot. They displayed a historic solidarity as they took to the streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights.
The terroriststried to broadcast their message by taking over studios of the state TV (TRT) and raiding private media outlets. Yet the plotters’ attempt to control media did not last long. It must be noted that the Turkish media also played a key role in subsiding the coup attempt.
Throughout the process, all the political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly stood firmlyby democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions and the Constitution. A Joint Declaration on defense of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly on the 16th of July.
Unfortunately, 208 of our citizens were killedand more than 1400 wounded. 60 of the dead are our police officers, 3 military personnel and 145 civilians.
Furthermore, the Interior Ministry has suspended 8.777 officials following the failed coup attempt, including police officers, governors and gendarmerie officers.
The Ministry of Justice has also suspended 2.745 judges and prosecutors.
A group of eight involved in the coup attempt fled to Greece onboard a helicopter that they stole. Necessary steps have been taken for the return of the suspects and the helicopter. The helicopter was returned and we look forward to extradition ofthe 8Turkish citizens from Greece as soon as possible.
We have solid proof that this coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
Our Government has been constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader, Fethullah Gülen, to all allies and partners. The foiled coup is the latest criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETÖ. We call all our partners and allies to take all possible measures to prevent the activities of this group in their soil.
Our President, Prime Minister, Government, Members ofTurkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule of law.
The terrorists will be punished in accordance with the law.
However, despite all our efforts and very transparent media reporting, we are extremely frustrated by certain distorted comments and spinning by certain foreign politicians. While we hope to believe that these comments do not reflect the positions of the Governments of our partners, obviously they are not helpful in our efforts.
The main backbone ofthe coup plotters have been captured and legal processes began.
The Government and our nation neverthelessremain vigilant against possibleattempts by individuals or residual cells to take revenge or to disrupt public order and security.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Emir, the government and the people of the State of Qatar. We highly appreciate the solidarity messages sent by H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir, to our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and by H.E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdurrahman Al Thani, Foreign Minister to his counterpart our Minister H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Qatar is one of the first countries condemned the coup attempt and stand besidethepeopleofTurkeyanditslegitimate leadership from the very beginning of the events.
I also received hundreds of messages from Qatari friends supporting Turkey and its people at this critical moment. Besides, many of the residents of Qatar expressed their support to Turkey. I would like to thank all of them.
Finally, I would like to thank Turkish community living here in Qatar for organizing this event and standing by democracy and rule of law.