Ambassador’s Speech Regarding The Foiled Coup Attempt And Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organization On The Occasion Of Briefing To The Heads Of The Accredited Diplomatic Missions And Offices Of International Organizations To The State Of Qatar. , 15.08.2016
Excellencies, Dear Colleagues,
- First of all, I would like to thank you for participating this meeting
which aims to brief you about the foiled coup attempt in Turkey. After my speech,
I will be glad to answer your questions.
- Let me summarize what happened:
- On the evening of July 15th, a
clandestine faction led by Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETO) within
the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup. This was more than a
treacherous plot: It was a terrorist campaign to overthrow the democratically
elected government, the President and the constitutional order of Turkey.
- On the evening of July 15,
Turkish people lived through an ordeal that was unprecedented in Turkish
history: The Bosphorus Bridge was closed by tanks and unarmed protesters were
shot and killed at the very same spot. Tanks rolled on the streets, running over
people. Attack helicopters fired at civilians protesting the coup attempt.
Fighter jets bombed the Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the police
headquarters. An elite squad was sent to assassinate the elected president. The
terrorist plotters also raided major media outlets private or state, either to
force them to announce the messages of the coup plotters or to silence them.
- The attempt failed, leaving
behind more than 240 dead and in excess of 1,500 wounded.
- It was the people of Turkey
from all backgrounds and political views who overcame the plot. They displayed
a historic solidarity as they stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed
their democratic rights. The Turkish media also played a key role in foiling the
- United together against this
violent conspiracy, all the political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand
National Assembly stood firmly by democracy, legitimate democratic institutions
and the Constitution. A Joint Declaration in defense of democracy was issued
during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly on the 16th of July.
- Turkey is now united in a spirit
that has not been witnessed since the foundation of the Republic.
- Foiling of 15 July coup attempt
by the Turkish people from all walks of life has been a milestone in Turkey’s
- 7 August rally in Istanbul
which gathered more than 3 million people from all political backgrounds was
another historic and unprecedented milestone for Turkish democracy.
- The rally was unprecedented not
only by the record number of participation. It was also the first political
rally bringing together the President, the Prime Minister, and the leaders the
main opposition parties.
- The rally demonstrated not only
the staunch and united position of Turkish people against the coup attempt. It
also showed that the Turkish people and all the mainstream political parties
are united in the conviction that Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization was the
culprit of this foiled, despicable attempt.
- This was not a picture which
the perpetrators of the failed coup attempt had expected.
- We hope that the international
community has heard loud and clear the messages given by millions of people and
all major political parties in this rally.
- The Turkish nation has thwarted
the most violent act of terror and treason against its democratic institutions
on the night of 15/16 July. It is only natural for the Turkish State to now
take all necessary measures within the limits of its constitution in order to
counter this terrorist group and to protect its democracy.
- In the face of grave and
violent attacks against the national security and FETO terrorist organization’s
infiltration everywhere, as closely manifested during its coup attempt on 15 July
2016, the declaration of the State of Emergency was deemed necessary.
- The Republic of Turkey is aware
of its obligations related to democracy, human rights, the principle of rule of
law and international conventions in this process and as in the past, due
respect will be shown to fundamental rights and freedoms and the principle of
supremacy of law will be strictly observed.
- The 15 July coup attempt was
also an attack to the military-security capacity of Turkey, amidst
our fight against terrorism as before including the fight against the PKK and
- Resilience of the Turkish
people averted the coup and we continue our fight against terrorism as
before. We continue to deport foreign terrorist fighters, share and
process intelligence on DEASH and are vigilant about the violent attempts of
- Now, allow me to share some
information about Fetullah Gülen
Terrorist Organizaton/ FETO
- Fetullah Gülen is a preacher
with no religious scholastic background, a graduate of primary school. He established
his movement in early 1970’s.
- Now, Gülen lives in the USA / Pennsylvania
and runs, through clandestine networks, a huge empire consisting of educational
institutions, companies, media centers and civil society associations.
- The FETO is a "sui
generis" criminal organization.
- “Concealment” is the key tactic
of Fetullah Gülen.
- The secretive and nefarious Gülen group is trying to deceive
public opinion by showcasing itself as a proponent of interfaith dialogue and
peaceful co-existence among cultures. However, this is just a window-dressing.
In reality, this is a hate speech group or sect, prone to religious radicalism.
- On appearance, F. Gülen heads a
civil movement called “Hizmet “(Service).
- Again on appearance, “Hizmet”
is a moderate, tolerant, non-violent and pro-dialogue social movement.
- The variety of associations in
media, education, humanitarian work, printing and banking sector, business
associations etc. were established first in Turkey and later in different parts
of the world.
- Under the guise of legitimate
social service efforts, Gülen and his followers gained access to vast financial
resources, human capital, political and social influence.
- In fact, the members of FETO
have infiltrated all critical state institutions in Turkey: Armed forces,
police, intelligence, judiciary, central bank, treasury, etc.
- The FETO then used this vast
network, first through covert then recently overt action, to advance its
anti-secular and perverted hidden agenda and to take over the Turkish
- At present, the Group continues to use its influence over certain
media outlets for a defamation campaign in order to distort the efforts by the
democratically elected Government and the Turkish judiciary to bring justice
for the victims of their crimes.
- It is ironic that the Gülen Group and its backers who aimed to
overthrow a democratically elected government through a violent coup are now
trying to misrepresent Turkey's efforts to establish law and order, and to
serve justice as political crackdown or an attempt to suppress political
- The Gülen Group acted as a wolf in sheep's clothing for a very
long time. It has disguised itself and its intentions well from the outset.
- Turkey had been constantly warning friends and allies about the
real motives and hidden agenda of this terrorist group and its leader,
Fethullah Gülen. The treacherous coup
plot has revealed the real face of Fethullah Gülen and his sinister
organization. That means FETÖ terrorist organization is a threat not only for
Turkey, it is also serious threat in the countries they have institutions.
- It is now crystal clear that the Gülen Group (FETÖ) was behind the
coup attempt in Turkey. It was led by a
network of military officers of varying ranks who are affiliated with the
Group. It was also supported by non-military individuals and groups known to be
affiliated to Gülen.
- Recent testimonies of those who played key roles in the plot all
point to this direction. There are other
crucial findings as well.
- Currently F. Gülen himself is
the "prime suspect" in 55 different criminal indictments.
- The recent probes into the
activities of the FETO by Public Prosecutor’s Office have shown that under the
banner of service, tolerance and humanitarian organizations, FETO and Fethullah
Gülen have established and managed an illegal organization,
*exposing confidential information belonging to state
for political or military espionage purposes,
*violating the confidentiality of private life,
*unlawful recording of personal information,
*forgery of official documents, fabricating crimes,
- The 15 July coup attempt has
revealed the true colors of FETO. We are faced with an organization that has
dared to attempt to take over the Turkish State by the use of arms; an
organization that does not hesitate using terrorist methods and killing people.
- Turkey is determined to take
all necessary measures within the limits of the rule of law respecting the
fundamental rights and freedoms, in full observance of its international
obligations to counter this organization and urges the international
community to do their part in eliminating this security threat.