By: Aramata Jatta
Turkey’s Embassy in the Gambia yesterday commemorated the second anniversary of the July 15th 2016 Fetula Terrorist Organisation [FETO] coup attemp in Turkey.
Speaking at the commemoration, Turkey’s Ambassador to the Gambia, Sefa Yuceer has said that on the 15th of July they marked the second anniversary of the hineous coup attempt by the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), staged in Turkey two years ago. As is known, he said the bloody attempt was thwarted by the bravery and sacrifice of the Turkish people, adding that as the painful memories of the fateful night is still fresh on the minds of the Turkish people, the putschists mercilessly used lethal military hardware against innocent civilians, who took to the streets to defend their democratic institutions, claiming the lives of 251 innocent Turkish citizens and wounding more than 2,500 people.
“We are faced with a global enterprise, with global aspirations of power and dominance. FETO is present in more than 150 countries around the world, through schools, NGOs, lobbyist’s, media outlets and companies,” he said. “What happened in Turkey two years ago is a reminder of what this organization may be capable of doing in other parts of the world.”
During the last two years, he said criminal activities of FETO have been investigated in hundreds of different court cases, bringing to surface the darker undertakings of the organisation. He said confronting such a dark, sinister and clandestine structure is not easy.
He went further to say that the Turkish government rightfully took and continues to take necessary and proportionate measures to supress and eventually defeat “this imminent threat.”
Ambassador Yuceer further went on to explain that Turkey under the wise leadership of President Erdoğan, has managed to minimise “this existential threat and overcome the trauma created by FETO,” adding that two years on, their fight against FETO-member coup plotters has not weakened their security forces and civilian bureaucracy, on the contrary, the Turkish Armed Forces, National Police and state apparatus in general have grown stronger as they have been cleared of FETO-member traitors.
According to him, the Turkish government in parallel with its fight with FETO as well as all sorts of terrorism at home is committed to further strengthen the bases of democracy in Turkey, because they know that that is the only way to counter terrorism in all forms and manifestations. “We are determined to fight such enemies of democracy through democracy, Hence, the Turkish people and the government, having paid a dear price for the sublime values of democracy, now legitimately expect the cooperation of the international community and our allies with regard to the extradition of the FETO criminals,” he added.
By: Aramata Jatta