Monday, July 18, 2016

Turkey’s NATO Membership at Stake, Kerry Warns as Crackdown Continues

ANKARA, WASHINGTON (Combined Sources)—Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned on Monday that Turkey’s membership in NATO could be jeopardized if it abandons democratic principles and the rule of law in a post-coup crackdown, the Washington Post reported.


“NATO also has a requirement with respect to democracy,” Kerry told reporters after European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Turkey not to execute coup plotters. She noted that countries with the death penalty cannot join the European Union, as Turkey has sought to do, added the Washington Post.

Kerry said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has repeatedly assured him that the government will respect democracy and the law.

Kerry warned that Nato will “measure” its actions. “Obviously a lot of people have been arrested and arrested very quickly,” Kerry said. “The level of vigilance and scrutiny is obviously going to be significant in the days ahead. Hopefully we can work in a constructive way that prevents a backsliding.”

After a coup attempt in Turkey failed early Saturday, the Turkish government initiated a crackdown of its military, law enforcement and sectors of the government as a result of which some 8.000 military and police personnel have been fired and more than 7,000 people have been arrested across the country...
 [asbarez.com]
18/7/16
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