MESOP QUOTATION BY A BLUE EYED US AMBASSADOR / ABOUT THE FAILED TURC COUP

5 August 2016 – MESOP – The US Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, has issued another denial that Washington was behind the failed July 15 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan:

Bass carefully handled questions about Gülen and the coup. He said that the testimony of Turkish Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, which pointed to the cleric’s role, was “very powerful”. However, “beyond that, I don’t want to offer any views because…I don’t want to say anything that potentially makes it harder for the Turkish Government to pursue justice for those who are responsible.”

He continued:

We support the Turkish government in bringing to justice the people who were responsible for this illegal coup attempt. And there is a good bit of discussion and work underway between the two governments to support the Turkish government’s effort to do that, to bring these people to justice.

The Ambassador implicitly accepted the Government’s detention or suspension of more than 60,000 State employees, framing the issue as one of cooperation over counter-terrorism: “We respect that and continue to work together to address this terrible set of threats we both face.” Full Text http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/no-us-planning-support-knowledge-in-coup-attempt-in-turkey-ambassador.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102529&NewsCatID=510