CoE Head 'Understands' Turkey, but Urges Adherence to Rule of Law

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | August 3, 2016, Wednesday // 19:56
Bulgaria: CoE Head 'Understands' Turkey, but Urges Adherence to Rule of Law A handout picture provided by Turkish President Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meeting with Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (R) in Ankara, Turkey, August 03, 2016. EPA/BGNES

Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbj?rn Jagland has called on Turkey to adopt judicial safeguards while responding to a failed coup attempt that rocked the country on July 15.

He has added Europe has shown "too little understanding" on the developments, referring to the alleged infiltration of coup plotters in the army, the judiciary and other structures.  

Jagland has met senior Turkish officials such as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m, and Foreign Minister Mevl?t ?avu?o?lu.

"We see a need for a cleaning up of all of this," Jagland has noted, but has also urged Ankara to respond to the coup attempt "in conformity with [European] law and stardards of the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the Court of Human Rights," H?rriyet Daily News quotes him as saying.

Turkey is not implementing the European Convention of Human Rights as of the moment due to a state of emergency announced in July, days after the coup attempt.

The country's top diplomat for his part has asserted Turkey has never "made compromises on our understanding of democracy and will never do so."

He has also asserted his country acts in accordance with rule of law and with its international obligations while targeting the G?len movement, which it blames for the coup attempt and to which it refers as FET?, or "Fethullah Terrorist Organization."

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Tags: Thorbjorn Jagland, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, turkey, Turkey coup, Binali Yildirim, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Council of Europe, European Convention on Human Rights, state of emergency
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