President's statement on the attempted coup in Turkey

PACE President Pedro Agramunt has called for respect of democratic institutions and Council of Europe standards in Turkey, following the failed coup attempt.

"Turkey is our member State and we support Turkey's democratic institutions and authorities. Attempts to change a democratically-elected government by force are unacceptable and I condemn last night’s violence that has tragically caused at least 90 victims," said the President.

"It is now important to restore order, keep calm and uphold democratic principles and institutions. The Assembly and all Council of Europe bodies are at the disposal of Turkey to provide support," he concluded.