The Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, announced that, today, EU foreign ministers “will launch a strong message, stating that respect for the rule of law and the system of separation of powers must be protected and respected, for the sake of Turkey” because “the best way to run a country that runs the risk of deep divisions, which is actually already experiencing such divisions, is by ensuring the rule of law.” Democracy in Turkey needs to be protected “for the salvation of the country itself,”, added the head of European diplomacy from Brussels, three days after the failed coup.
The monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers will be held today in the European capital. Its agenda will be rather busy, starting with Brexit, the massacre in Nice, and in the end, the foiled coup in Turkey. Exceptionally, the Foreign Council will begin with a working lunch with John Kerry. It is the first time a US Secretary of State partakes in the work of EU ministers. With the head of American diplomacy, “we will discuss also Turkey – Mogherini added –, because the EU and US have to be united, it is important.”
“I was the first one to say during that tragic night that the legitimate institutions and the rule of law had to be protected – Mogherini concluded -. But there can be no excuses to move the country away from this.” Yesterday, on the sidelines of the funeral organized for the victims of the failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had spoken about the possibility that death penalty may be reintroduced in the country. “The government will discuss the reintroduction of the death penalty with the opposition” Erdogan said in Istanbul.