Cavusoglu: Turkey condemns “coup attempt” in Armenia

Cavusoglu: Turkey condemns “coup attempt” in Armenia

“We are against military coups or coup attempts, no matter where they take place,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today.

Turkey “strongly condemns” the attempted military coup in Armenia, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday during a visit to Hungary.

“We condemn all military coups or coup attempts, no matter where they take place around the world,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto.

Citizens have the right to criticize their country’s governments or demand their resignation, Cavusoglu said, adding: “It is unacceptable for an army to demand the resignation of an elected government.”

The Turkish Foreign Minister recalled the normalization process and the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, noting that “there is an important opportunity for the stability of the region and this must be well assessed.”

Stressing the importance of tripartite meetings with regional countries, he added: “However, it is also vital to maintain stability in the region for all countries concerned, and attempts such as military coups have a destabilizing effect.”

The Armenian Army demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday.

Onik Gasparyan, Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Army, along with other senior commanders issued a statement urging Pashinyan to resign.

Pashinyan denounced the army call as a coup attempt and urged his supporters to take to the streets to resist. /ibna