Expert: Coup attempt in Turkey – a plan to discredit country’s army

Türkiye Materials 16 July 2016 15:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16


The military coup attempt in Turkey is a plan to discredit the country’s army, Naciye Selin Senocak, chair holder at UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy Governance and Education, Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS), told Trend July 16.

Senocak said as it is known, not the whole Turkish army, but only a small group of soldiers, who had close ties with the movement of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic public figure currently residing in the US, is involved in the coup attempt.

The coup attempt against the background of the active fight of Armed Forces against terrorism is not accidental, believes the expert.

“Turkey, in order to avoid the recurrence of such events, should achieve Gulen’s extradition form the US,” she added.

“The US, in order to keep its image in the eyes of Turkey, should extradite Gulen,” said Senocak, adding that otherwise, Turkey will consider the US as a country supporting terrorism.

She believes that the military coup attempt in Turkey is aimed against the statehood of the country as a whole, rather than against President Erdogan.

A coup attempt was launched in Turkey late on July 15 by a group of Turkish military servicemen.

There were reports saying that Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was seized.

Later, Turkish officials announced that the attempt was foiled.