UNITED NATIONS, July 15 (InnerCityPro.com) -- On the situation in Turkey, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday evening issued the statement below. Some said Ban Ki-moon had spoken, while Ban's Office of the Spokesperson had tweeted or emailed nothing out, and spokesman Stephane Dujarric blocks journalists who are critical. Lter it emerged that Dujarric's deputy Haq, rather than email the UN press corp, handed to favored scribe(s) this, which they overplayed:
"The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Turkey. He is aware of the reports of a coup attempt in the country. The United Nations is seeking to clarify the situation on the ground and appeals for calm." That's Ban's UN.
Here is Kerry's statement:
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY
July 15, 2016
On the Situation in Turkey
The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation.
I spoke this evening to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.
We urge all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel and civilians throughout Turkey.
Our Embassy and Consulates in Turkey continue to provide updates to U.S. citizens in Turkey. US citizens should shelter in place and stay indoors; and update family and friends of status when possible. Consular information for U.S. citizens can be found here: goo.gl/YPk6Te