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    Turkey Ready to Cooperate With Council of Europe on Coup Investigation

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    Turkish authorities are ready to cooperate with the Council of Europe (CoE) in investigation into the activities of people involved in the July coup attempt, Secretary General of the CoE Thorbjorn Jagland said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey, and was suppressed by the following day. Thousands of people were arrested or suspended following the coup attempt.

    "Ankara intends to cooperate with the Council of Europe in the ongoing investigation into [the activities of] coup participants. But Europeans should also make a contribution," Jagland said, as quoted by the German newspaper Die Welt.

    Jagland added that CoE experts would soon meet Turkish officials to discuss the possibility to respect the rights of people accused of implication in the coup.

    Earlier in August, Jagland had already visited Turkey, condemning the coup, but stressing the need to inquire into it in conformity with the rule of law.


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