AMBASSADOR GÜMRÜKÇÜ’S RESPONSE TO A QUESTION POSED BY THE MEDIA ON THE STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AFTER THE FAILED COUP ATTEMPT IN TURKEYFriday, 22 July 2016 10:14
Turkish officials say that nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended, reportedly on suspicion of having links to the coup attempt at the weekend. Some 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, have been detained. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to purge state bodies of the "virus" that caused the revolt.
The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has stressed the importance of democratic rule. Speaking in Brussels where he has been meeting European foreign ministers, Mr Kerry said the United States stood squarely on the side of the elected leadership in Turkey.
"We will certainly support bringing perpetrators of the coup to justice - but we also caution against a reach that goes well beyond that." The Turkish government claims cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot.
Mr Gulen lives in the US and strongly denies any involvement.
Fethullah Gulen, the exiled Muslim cleric whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of plotting against him, has condemned the coup attempt and denied any role in it.
"I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey," he said in an emailed statement reported by The New York Times. "Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force."
“I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly,” he added. “As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.”