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It’s been hours since the start of the military coup attempt against the government of NATO member Turkey and so far the most public response from the international alliance is a Tweet from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calling for “calm.”
Stoltenberg sent out the following Tweet:
Spoke - FM - Calm - Restraint - Respect
Just spoke to Turkish FM. I call for calm, restraint & full respect for Turkey’s democratic institutions and constitution.
A similarly phrased brief statement was posted on NATO’s website.
That statement reads:
I have just spoken to the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. I am following events in Turkey closely and with concern. I call for calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey’s democratic institutions and its constitution. Turkey is a valued NATO Ally.
Associated - Press - Comment - NATO - Turkey
The Associated Press reported it could not get an immediate comment from NATO regarding Turkey’s future status or the coordination of alliance operations after Friday’s dramatic coup attempt.
Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty dictates that member states consent that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” That statement is widely interpreted to mean an attack by an outside country against a NATO member and not an internal military coup.
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