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Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Venezuela

Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Venezuela
We are against foreign intervention, resorting to undemocratic means for ousting governments, foreign minister says

By Faruk Zorlu


ANKARA (AA) – Turkey opposes foreign interventions including coup attempt in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.


Speaking on Turkey’s position on the Venezuelan crisis in a panel, Cavusoglu said: "We are against foreign intervention, resorting to undemocratic means, including coup attempts, imposing unilateral sanctions to replace legitimate governments."


The panel was held in Mexico City by COMEXI think tank where the top Turkish diplomat met with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard and Senate President Marti Batres Guadarrama.


Highlighting the importance of sovereignty and non-intervention in internal affairs, he said: "We are concerned over attempts to undermine the constitutional order and sovereignty of Venezuela.


"These attempts not only threaten stability, peace and security of Venezuela but also create a dangerous precedent and put the whole region in danger," he added.


A disaster in Venezuela would have "extremely grave" consequences for the whole region, he noted.


Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January, when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.


Tensions escalated when Juan Guaido declared himself acting president days later, a move supported by the U.S. and many European and Latin American countries.


Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Bolivia and Mexico have thrown their weight behind Maduro.


- Terrorism as a global threat


Describing terrorism as a global threat and an enemy of humanity, he said: "Turkey has always underlined that we can defeat terrorism only by international cooperation and with a sincere and comprehensive approach."


Terrorism is still a crime against humanity regardless of being committed by whomever and for whatever reason, he noted.


"Therefore, there can be no distinction between good versus bad terrorists," he said, adding the presence of Daesh, PKK/PYD/YPG, FETO and all others is a serious risk for peace and stability everywhere.


He went on to say: "Turkey has been the only country in the counter-Daesh Coalition which put its troops in harm’s way through direct confrontation with Daesh terrorists."


In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.


The YPG is the military wing of PYD, which is the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK organization.


FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred 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.


- Turkey's role in humanitarian diplomacy


Speaking on Turkey's role in humanitarian diplomacy, he stressed that according to the ratio of official humanitarian assistance to national income, Turkey is the most generous donor.


"Turkey is the largest host country with 4.2 million people taking refuge," he said.


Underlining the importance of developing ties with all regions in the world, he said: "Turkish diplomatic outreach, which is the fifth largest diplomatic network in the world, has grown immensely, currently totaling 242 missions."

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