Egypt blocks UNSC condemnation of coup attempt in Turkey

Arab World Materials 16 July 2016 23:33 (UTC +04:00)

The United Nations Security Council failed on Saturday to condemn the coup attempt in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to "respect the democratically elected government of Turkey," diplomats said.

The U.S.-drafted statement also expressed grave concern over the situation in Turkey, urged the parties to show restraint, avoid any violence or bloodshed, and called for an urgent end to the crisis and return to rule of law.

Statements by the 15-member Security council have to be agreed by consensus.

Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Egypt argued that the U.N. Security Council was not in a position to determine whether a government had been democratically elected.

Egypt's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Millions of people flocked to squares and streets in Turkey to crush an attempted military coup on Saturday. People got on tanks, disarmed coup soldiers and took back control at raided institutions as hundreds of coup soldiers surrendered.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a former general who overthrew democratically-elected President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against Mursi. Many countries, including Turkey, condemned the military coup conducted by the current president of Egypt and provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood.