July 17th, 2016 08:08 EST
UN Condemns Attempt to Overthrow Turkish Government
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. "
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