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Published On: Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016

Somaliland:We call on all our partners and allies to take all possible measures to prevent the activities of this group in their soil-Turkish Envoy

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tuBy Goth Mohamed Goth

Mr. Muzaffer Yuksel, Head of Turkish Consul  briefing local journalist on the recent failed coup in his country during a press conference held in his office on Thursday said,  “We have solid proof that this coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO). Our Government has been constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader, Fethullah Gulen, to all allies and partners. The foiled coup is the latest criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETO.

He went on to say, “On the evening of July 15th, a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.

It was understood in a short time that this was a terrorist campaign. The perpetrators fired at their own people, betrayed their commanders and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.

From the very beginning, the command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood up against the coup attempt. It was merely some elements of the Air Forces, Gendarmerie and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy.

Both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures to foil the attempt.

Above all, it was the Turkish nation who thwarted the plot. They displaced a historic solidarity as they took to the streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights.

They terrorists tried to broadcast their message by taking over studios of the state TV (TRT) and raiding private media outlets. Yet the plotters attempt to control media did not last long. It must be noted that the Turkish media also played a key role in subsiding the coup attempt.

Throughout the process, all the political parties and members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly stood firmly by democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions and the Constitution. A join Declaration on defense of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly on the 16th of July.

Unfortunately, 246 of our citizens were killed, 1536 wounded, 62 of the dead are our police officers, 3 military personnel and the remaining are the civilians.

Our President, Prime Minister, Government, Members of Turkish Grand national Assembly and the Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule of law.

The terrorists will be punished in accordance with the law.

The Turkish envoy denied pressuring Somaliland to close Fethullah Gülen linked Nile Academy.

The Federal Government of Somalia suspended the activities of the Nile Academy that associated with Fethullah Gülen in a cabinet meeting chaired by the Somali Prime minister, ‘The Turkish did not pressure to close those schools in Mogadishu but cabinet of ministers immediately after that attack came together and decided to suspend the activities with their own will, according to the understanding of the their own rules.’’ Said the consul on the press conference Somaliland ruled out to close the Nile Academy Schools unless the Nile Academy is indicted by the Somaliland courts.

Meanwhile, Turkish Consul Mr. Muzaffer Yuksel revealed that his country  start issuing visa to Somaliland passports hence disclosed that the first visa were issued to His Excellency President Silanyo and First Lady in their just conclude visit,” Turkish envoy stated.

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