Press Release On Incidents In Egypt

Helsinki Büyükelçiliği 16.08.2013

We are utterly dismayed by the fact that hundreds of people currently lost their lives and thousands others were injured as a result of the bloody intervention which was launched this morning by the security forces against the civilian and peaceful demonstrators in Egypt. We wish God's mercy upon the Egyptians who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the wounded. We are deeply concerned about the possibility of further increase in the number of deaths.

We strongly condemn that the Egyptian administration has once again resorted to violence against the peaceful demonstrations despite all warnings. Opening fire upon the civilian people who have never been involved in violent incidents and targeting those civilians bysnipers constitute a heavy crime. The incumbent administration which intervenedin the democratic and civilian regimethrough a coup d’etat is responsible for the loss of lives of the brotherly Egyptian people sincethe 30th of June.

It is obvious that this intervention, which led to the loss of lives, has caused major damage to the domesticpeace and tranquility of the brotherly Egypt just as the previous ones. Opening fire on the masses which claimed democracy and kept their peaceful attitude from the outset, has harmed the conscious of humanity and caused a huge outrage.

The bloody intervention of the Egyptian security forces against civilian and peaceful demonstrators has dealt a great blow to hopes for Egypt to return to democracy through an inclusive transition process. This intervention clearly reveals the stance of the current administration regarding the transition to democracy in Egypt with the participation of all parties. We find this situation extremely worrying for the peace and tranquility of the brotherly Egyptian people.

It is clearly observed that international community’s support to the coup and its reticence on the previous massacres, rather than protecting the democracy and constitutional legitimacy in Egypt have encouraged the existing administration on today’s intervention. The international community, primarily the UN Security Council and the Arab League should take immediateaction to stop this massacre.

The warnings and calls by Turkey in this regard are for the peace and serenity of all the Egyptian people. In this framework, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had talkswith the Secretary-General of the UN, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and the permanent members of the UN Security Council in the past days and called upon them to start a democratic process in Egypt and to stand together against a possible massacre. As until now, Turkey will continuethese initiatives.

We call on the Egyptian interim administration to end the bloody actions against its own people, to conduct a credible and transparent judicial investigation against the ones who committed the massacres since 30 June 2013, to release the political detainees and Mohammed Morsy in particular and to launch a genuine and comprehensive transition process.

Turkey will continue to extend all kind of support in order for the brotherly Egyptian people to be saved from the current chaos as soon as possible.


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