Ambassador's Speech Regarding The Failed Coup Attempt In Turkey On The Occasion Of Meeting Of Turkish Community , 20.07.2016
Dear members of the Turkish
Dear friends of Turkey and Turkish
On the evening of
July 15th, a faction of 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.
terrorists tried 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.
process, all the political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand National
Assembly stood firmly by 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 our citizens were killed and 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 of the
8 Turkish citizens from Greece as soon as possible.
We have solid proof
that this coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization
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.
Prime Minister, Government, Members of Turkish 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.
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
of the coup plotters have been captured and legal processes began.
The Government and
our nation nevertheless remain vigilant against possible attempts by
individuals or residual cells to take revenge or to disrupt public order and
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 beside the people of Turkey and its legitimate 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.