Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn on the situation in Turkey

BRUSELLS, 18 July 2016 - We condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterate our full support to the democratic institutions of the country.

We are in contact with the Turkish authorities and continue to closely monitor events. We regret the loss of lives and extend our condolences to the families of the victims as well as to those injured.

We call for an end to the use of violence and for continued restraint and responsibility to be shown by the police and security forces to prevent further casualties. Societal tensions can only be addressed through democratic processes.

We underline the need for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order with its checks and balances and stress the importance for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms to prevail.

The EU stands in solidarity with Turkey and the Turkish people.