UN officials condemn attempt to overthrow Turkish Government
16 July 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today condemned the attempt on Friday to overthrow the Government of Turkey.
“I strongly condemn the attempt from groups in the armed forces to overthrow the Government of Turkey and express my sincere condolences for the lives lost during the coup attempt,” said Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft in a statement issued by his office.
According to media reports, a faction of military forces in Turkey attempted a coup on Friday night.
“The international community must fully support the democratically elected Government and the rule of law in Turkey,” Mr. Lykketoft added.
In a separate statement today, the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, condemned the “failed coup that aimed at overthrowing the legitimate Government in Turkey on Friday.”
“He expresses his support to the democratically elected civilian Government of Turkey and the legitimate leadership of the President of Turkey H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” the statement said.
The High Representative noted that the Government of Turkey provides support to UNAOC, a political initiative of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon under the co-sponsorship of the Governments of Spain and Turkey.
The High Representative also expressed his solidarity with the people of Turkey and their “democratic choice.”