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    British Gov't Continues to Monitor Situation in Turkey After Thwarted Coup

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    The participants of the UK Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) stated the need to closely observe the situation in Turkey after the recent coup attempt, despite the fact that the situation is stabilizing, a UK government spokesperson said Sunday.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the intelligence agencies, the Ministry of Defense, the Home Office and the Department for Transport, while the ambassador and embassy staff in Ankara joined by video link.

    "They noted that the situation in Turkey continued to stabilise, but that we needed to maintain our focus on the situation and monitor any developments over the coming days and weeks, including close cooperation and dialogue with the Turkish government," the spokesperson said in a statement published on the UK government website.

    The spokesperson added that the UK consular staff are making sure that the UK nationals currently in Turkey — especially those who are waiting for planes in Turkey’s main airports — have the support they need.

    "Flights are starting to get back to normal and backlogs of passengers are beginning to ease," the spokesperson noted.

    The Friday's coup attempt in Turkey was suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life. Over 290 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the events, while nearly 6,000 people have already been detained.


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