EU Socialists Condemn Coup Attempt, Urge Respect for Democracy

Europe’s Socialist party condemned the coup attempt in Turkey and called for democracy to be respected in the country.
“The Party of European Socialists condemns last night’s attempted coup in Turkey and welcomes the fact that a democratically elected government was not overthrown by military force,” the group said on Saturday in an e-mailed statement from Brussels.

“Turkey is an important partner and a neighbor of the European Union,” Sergei Stanishev, president of the PES, said in the statement. “The PES respects the democratically elected government in the country and hopes that stability and constitutional order can be promptly restored.”

The group said “Stanishev hopes that the events in Turkey will not be used as a pretext to undermine the freedom of the media and human rights in Turkey,” according to the statement. “The PES and both of its member parties in Turkey -- the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) -- stand firmly for democracy, the rule of law and the right of the Turkish people to express their will freely,” it said.

“The PES is committed to parliamentary democracy and political dialogue in Turkey and throughout the world. Free elections are the only way in which a country should choose its government,” Stanishev said. “The attempted coup is a sign of existing contradictions in Turkish society and it is only by fully implementing democracy that the country can achieve the stability that it needs.”

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