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By Rabia Iclal Turan, Merve Aydogan and Merve Berker
ANKARA (AA) – Turkey on Thursday strongly condemned the “coup attempt” in Armenia.
“We condemn all military coups or coup attempts, no matter where they take place across the world,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response to a question during a joint news conference with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Budapest.
People of a country have the right to criticize their governments or demand their resignation, Cavusoglu said, adding: “It is unacceptable for a military to call for the resignation of an elected government.”
Reminding the normalization process and the cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Cavusoglu noted: “There is an important opportunity for the stability of the region, and this needs to be evaluated well.”
Stressing the significance of trilateral meetings with the regional countries, he added: “But it is also crucial to keep the stability in the region for all relevant countries, and such attempts like military coups have a destabilizing impact.”
Separately, Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Twitter condemned the latest developments in Armenia.
“We reject and condemn the coup attempt in Armenia. Coups have always interrupted democratic processes and created chaos. We call for a speedy normalization in Armenia,” Kalin said.
Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also took to Twitter to denounce the recent developments in Armenia.
“We view the unfolding situation as a coup attempt and unequivocally condemn it,” said Altun.
“Turkey always sides with democracy and the free will of citizens – wherever in the world they may come under attack,” he added.
The Armenian military on Thursday called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Onik Gasparyan, the chief of the Armenian armed forces, along with other senior commanders released a statement calling on Pashinyan to step down.
Pashinyan blasted the military’s call as a coup attempt and urged his supporters to take to the streets to resist.