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Turkey needs rule of law ‘for sake of country itself’: EU’s Mogherini

EU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives before an EU summit meeting on June 28, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

EU’s High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives before an EU summit meeting on June 28, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels/AFP-File

Brussels, Belgium Jul 18 – Turkey must protect the rule of law following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday, after authorities detained 6,000 in a ruthless crackdown.

“We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country, there is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that,” Mogherini said as EU foreign ministers met in Brussels.

“As we have been the first ones to say that in that tragic night (of Friday’s coup attempt), the democratic and legislative institutions needed to be protected,” she told reporters.

“Today we will say together with ministers that obviously doesn’t mean that rule of law and the system of checks and balances in the country does not count. On the contrary it needs to be protected for the sake of the country.

“So we will send a strong message on that.”

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