Erdogan calls on Turkish NGOs to observe FETO trials

NGOs are the keystone of the nation's unity and solidarity, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan calls on Turkish NGOs to observe FETO trials

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on Turkish non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to observe the trials stemming from last year’s deadly coup attempt.

The failed coup attempt on July 15 last year, which the Turkish government believes was organized by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), martyred 250 and injured nearly 2,200 others.

Speaking at a Iftar (fast-breaking) dinner with NGO representatives in Ankara, Erdogan praised their contribution to inclusive democracy and peace in the country.

“We don’t see NGOs as a threat but the keystone of the nation’s unity and solidarity. You are tools of inclusive democracy and social peace in our country,” he said.

The president stated that the NGOs are not against the state but complementary to it.

“Without the support of and cooperation with NGOs, a state cannot reach its goal, regardless of how strong it is,” he noted.

“I would like to ask NGOs to attend FETO’s coup trials,” he underlined, stressing the judicial process against the coup suspects.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2017, 03:50