Victoria Media – Further Edition

President Schulz comments on latest developments in Turkey

The attempted coup yesterday evening in Turkey is shocking and I condemn it in the strongest terms.  Violence never leads to peaceful political transition and only deepens social divisions which are difficult to heal.

However, the Turkish Government for its part must not use this occasion to breach democratic rule, restrict freedom of speech and fundamental rights.

One man rule and arbitrary decisions are not acceptable in a country which is not only a strategic ally but also an accession candidate to the European Union.

The return to the Rule of Law, the complete separation of powers and the full respect of fundamental rights are expected immediately.