A Turkish flag is seen next to the dome of Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS
ABC Online: Turkey coup attempt: Egypt blocks UN call to respect 'democratically elected' government in Turkey
The United Nations Security Council failed to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to "respect the democratically elected government of Turkey," diplomats said.
It comes as world leaders expressed support for the Turkish Government in the wake of the failed coup attempt.
Turkish forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan largely crushed an attempted military coup on Saturday after crowds answered his call to take to the streets in support of the government and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
The United States-drafted statement to the UN Security Council, which has been seen by Reuters news agency, expressed grave concern over the situation in Turkey, urged the parties to show restraint, avoid any violence or bloodshed, and called for an urgent end to the crisis and return to rule of law.
Statements by the 15-member Security Council have to be agreed by consensus.
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Update #1: Egypt blocks U.N. call to respect 'democratically elected' government in Turkey (Reuters)
Update #2: Egypt blocks UN text backing Turkish government: diplomats (AFP)
WNU Editor: Relations were bad before the coup, but expect Egypt - Turkey relations to go even further "south" from now on.