Ambassador's Letter To President Of Venice Commission , 20.07.2016
Dear Mr Durr,
I acknowledge receipt of your message conveying the statement by Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, relating to the coup d’état attempt on 15 July 2016 to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Turkey.
I note with appreciation the strong condemnation by President Buquicchio of the attempted coup d’état and his reference to democratic channels.
Nevertheless, I regret to see the prejudicial remarks contained in the statement based on assumptions with respect to the legal measures undertaken against the coup plotters.
Turkey was faced with a military coup d’état attempt against its constitutional order. We are pleased to see that friends, allies, partners and international organisations are standing by Turkey and the Turkish democracy. It has been revealed that the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organisation is behind this coup attempt.
The investigations are conducted in accordance with international obligations and the legislation in force against the terrorist organisation, which opened fire on the people and attacked the Turkish Parliament as well as other state institutions with aircraft, tanks and other heavy weapons.
I am transmitting at annex an information note for consideration.
I will convey your message to my Government together with my reply.
Permanent Representative of Turkey
to the Council of Europe