The Party of European Socialists condemns last night’s attempted coup in Turkey and welcomes the fact that a democratically elected government was not overthrown by military force.

The PES and both of its member parties in Turkey – the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) stand firmly for democracy, the rule of law and the right of the Turkish people to express their will freely.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “Turkey is an important partner and a neighbour of the European Union. The PES respects the democratically elected government in the country and hopes that stability and constitutional order can be promptly restored.”

At the same time, Mr Stanishev hopes that the events in Turkey on Saturday night will not be used as a pretext to undermine the freedom of the media and human rights in Turkey.

“The PES is committed to parliamentary democracy and political dialogue in Turkey and throughout the world. Free elections are the only way in which a country should choose its government. The attempted coup is a sign of existing contradictions in Turkish society and it is only by fully implementing democracy that the country can achieve the stability that it needs,” added Stanishev.

The PES deplores the fact that the attempted coup claimed so many victims, including innocent civilians.

The Party of European Socialists and its Turkish member parties CHP and HDP will continue, as they have always done, to support democracy, the parliamentary system and civil rights in Turkey.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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