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Former EU official: NATO was informed of Turkey 2016 coup

Javier Solana Former Chief of European Union Foreign Policy 

Former European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana made a confession on the 2016 coup in Turkey, announcing that NATO was informed about the failed coup of July 15, 2016, but did not inform the Turkish government.

According to sources, the former official and through posting a message on his Twitter account on Monday, said “I want to make a confession! We knew that the coup was going to take place on July 15th. But we haven't to help Turkey. That is why NATO must apologize to Mr. Erdogan.”

He went on in his tweet “The imperialist invasion attempt made on July 15, 2016 the Republic of Turkey and I condemn once again on this occasion I curse. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish nation would celebrate the great victory. You cannot divide this nation, you cannot break [them] apart.”

In an article in 2017, one year after the coup had taken place, Solana accused Erdogan of taking advantage of a national state of emergency to go on the offensive and shore up his power, since withstanding an attempted coup in July 2016.

Solana added that Erdogan was pressing for a constitutional reform, to be decided by a referendum in mid-April that would move Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system. He also noted that “if the reform passes, Erdogan will acquire powers exceeding even those held by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the venerated “father” of modern Turkey.”

Today, two years after a dramatic coup attempt nearly toppled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey lifted a state of emergency. The news was announced by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the July 2016 defeated coup in Turkey which left 250 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.