World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's European Union Minister and chief negotiator Egemen Bagis has criticized EU countries for deliberately downplaying Egyptian military's move last Wednesday that ousted the country's first democratically elected president and suspended the constitution.
"The European Union cannot name what is already a proper military coup," he told a televised interview on private Turkish news broadcaster NTV, saying such an attitude overshadowed the union's prestige.
Bagis said the coup was not "the right way" to change a president, adding that the Egypt's suspended constitution was the first charter to be approved by Egyptians in the history of the nation.
"There was a president who has been elected by the people. If the citizens were not pleased with him, then the way to change him should have been the ballot boxes not the military coup."
Bagis urged "immediate consensus" to avoid more loss of life. saying an Egypt lacking a legitimate president would be "too risky not only for the region, but all the Muslim countries."
"We face a world that is not calling a military coup as what it is. A president who was elected democratically was ousted by the army and a new one was immediately instated by the army to take the oath for presidency. That is clearly a military coup," Bagis said.
Bagis said power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was deep seated, adding, "If a Morsi is sent away, another will appear."
Bagis also rejected any comparisons to be made between Turkey and Egypt, saying, "I really condemn those who compare Turkey with Egypt. The living standards in Egypt today is a reminiscent of Turkey in 1960s. It is impossible to draw parallels between economic potentials, army-civilian relations, the capacity to access to information, income levels, and the prosperity in Turkey and in Egypt."Last Mod: 07 Temmuz 2013, 13:22