IPU has condemned the attempted military coup and attack on Parliament that took place over the weekend in Turkey, strongly deploring the loss of innocent lives during the events. In a statement issued today, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong expressed condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity with the Turkish people. He appealed for calm and restraint, saying that IPU would continue to closely monitor events in the country. Mr. Chungong added that “any attempt to accede to power through force runs contrary to all democratic principles”. He underlined the need for a swift return to constitutional order and for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms to prevail.
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