World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and President Gul have been giving speeches in which they condemn the military coup in Egypt, and urge the return of democratoc measures.
Speaking at the "Congress of Turkish scientists living abroad", Erdogan said democracy must be immediately implemented in Egypt and all political segments must join elections.
"Those who exert effort to cover up coups and remain silent to these, are as responsible as the coup makers," Turkish PM Erdogan said in demouncing coups, explaining that "anywhere in the world, military coups against democratically elected governments are bad as they target the people and democracy"
Erdogan warned of the crippling effects coups had had on Turkey throughout the Republic's history by noting, "Every military coup cost Turkey decades, crippling the national economy. Coup makers in Turkish history have succeded in taking over the administration but never reached their ultimate goals. Leaders and supporters of coups in Egypt must remember those realities from Turkish history."
He urged caution against unquestioningly accepting all reports by saying, "Those who trust media and the weaponry in their hands, cannot bring democracy."
"The European Parliament disregards its own values by not calling the military intervention in Egypt as a 'coup d'etat,'" Erdogan stated in his criticism of the EP's attitude toward the incidents in Egypt.
"Condemners of nation's choice are not different than dictators," he stressed.
President Gul made similar emphases by noting that he expects steps to be taken as soon as possible to allow the return of democracy without any division among the people."
He said, "Our greatest desire is that the army will hand over the control of the county to its people, and the elected will start ruling Egypt."
Gül told reporters on Friday that it is important for Ankara that new authorities in Cairo not to “hurt” Morsi, in a reference to recent arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and senior politicians.
The president also underlined that Ankara expects the interim government to take steps that allow democracy function from where it was stopped. He said he hopes that the transition period will stop in a short period without having big damage and wished the democracy to prevail.
"The latest developments in Egypt are of particular concern to us. Turkish people were pleased to see democracy after a long period of authoritarian regime in Egypt, but now we are deeply sorry about interruption of democracy," said Gul. " It is not possible to have a healthy democracy in one year after an authoritarian regime for long years. Our greatest desire is that the army will hand over the control of the county to its people, and the elected will start ruling Egypt again."
Gul called for 'transparent, fair and free' elections.
Egypt has 'huge' financial problems, said Gul, adding "If Egypt loses its energy with instability, economic problems it is facing will haunt Egypt."Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2013, 18:20