The Latest: NATO chief calls for respect of laws in Turkey

From The Associated Press:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the attempted military coup in Turkey (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

NATO’s chief has joined with others who are calling for Turkey’s leadership to respect the rule of law in its reaction to the failed attempt at a military coup.

“I have spoken to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday in a statement. “I welcomed the strong support shown by the people and all political parties to democracy and to the democratically elected government. The Turkish people have shown great courage.”

As he did early on Saturday, Stoltenberg condemned the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterated his full support for Turkey’s democratic institutions.

“Being part of a unique community of values, it is essential for Turkey, like all other allies, to ensure full respect for democracy and its institutions, the constitutional order, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms,” the NATO chief said. He called Turkey a “valued NATO ally,” and offered his condolences to the families of the innocent people who lost their lives in the takeover attempt.

5:45 p.m.

The European Union’s 28 member states are calling on Turkish authorities, including police and security forces, to exercise restraint in the wake of the failed coup.

“All must be done to avoid further violence, to protect lives and to restore calm,” the bloc’s foreign ministers said in a statement following a meeting Monday in Brussels.

“The EU calls for the full observance of Turkey’s constitutional order and stresses the importance of the rule of law prevailing,” the ministers said. “It is crucial to ensure full respect for all democratic institutions of …

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