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Secretary of State John Kerry has called representatives from the player media entities to a press conference regarding the ongoing coup in Turkey. 

@SWMissourian @CWard @Recks @Chuck J. Roy @Chris @Dogslife

 

((OOC NOTE: In the game, thing like this will be how most game news is distributed from the admins to the player media. NPC Tweets, press conferences, press releases, etc are not considered as having entered the media cycle until a player media entity posts a story. ))

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry

OPENING STATEMENT: In the early morning of Monday, November 28, 2016 local time, a coordinated attack took place attempting to overthrow the government of Turkey. It appears to have involved several members of the Turkish Armed Forces and other civil institutions who have just announced that they are calling themselves the Peace at Home Council.

Not much is known at this time about the coup itself. Here's what we know now:

  • The coup perpetrators have taken control of important media and government buildings in the cities of Ankara, Istanbul, Marmaris, Malalya, and Kars. In these cities plus several others there has been violence in the streets by those military factions loyal to each side.
  • An assassination attempt against the President of Turkey failed. President Erdoğan is currently in a safe, undisclosed location.

((OOC BACKGROUND: This scenario is inspired by the RL coup attempt in Turkey that occurred earlier in 2016 (the previous one did not occur IC). The perpetrators include those who organized the RL coup PLUS additional support they've been able to gain in the additional four months they spent planning in our timeline. Thus, is it reasonable to assume that the coup perpetrators are in a significantly stronger position in our timeline. Also note that I'm calling them perpetrators here, but it's really up to you what you call the group. Rebels? Revolutionaries? Spin wisely, you're shaping public opinion merely with your word choice.))

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1 minute ago, Dogslife said:

Mr. Secretary,

Is there any information on casualties? 

Estimated in the hundreds currently both sides combined. At this point the violence is mostly just between military factions, but we have concerns about when the sun comes up. Especially considering that the perpetrators have control of several of the largest media stations and are already on the airwaves.

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Mr Secretary,

There are serious questions about the leadership of President Erdogan, including his crackdown on press freedoms, his treatment of the Kurdish community, and his burgeoning relationship with Russia. At what time did the Department of State become aware of this attempt by rebels to overthrow the government in Ankara, and what was the position of the US Government prior to the attempt's failure - pro or anti Erdogan?

Bill Schmidt
Senator from Arizona
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Former Governor of Arizona (1997-2003)

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3 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

Mr. Secretary, 

Do you have any estimate of the size of the Peace at Home Council?

No reliable information is available, but we are guessing that the active current conspirators number in the tens of thousands. That's not including potential public support which is likely in the millions.

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2 hours ago, Chuck J. Roy said:

Mr Secretary,

There are serious questions about the leadership of President Erdogan, including his crackdown on press freedoms, his treatment of the Kurdish community, and his burgeoning relationship with Russia. At what time did the Department of State become aware of this attempt by rebels to overthrow the government in Ankara, and what was the position of the US Government prior to the attempt's failure - pro or anti Erdogan?

This administration's position prior to this morning's actions was that the President of Turkey was legitimately elected to lead one of America's most important allies. In his address to the Turkish Parliament, President Obama stated: "Turkey is a critical ally. Turkey is an important part of Europe. And Turkey and the United States must stand together -- and work together -- to overcome the challenges of our time." ((SOURCE))

In short, the President supports the legitimately elected President of Turkey. And for the record, our position has not changed. We continue to recognize the duly elected President as the legitimate leader of Turkey.

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Mr. Secretary, 

Should the coup be successful, would President Obama or your State Department contact the new regime? 

 

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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Mr Secretary,

Why is the President giving his unequivocal backing to the President of Turkey, who has been widely criticised for human rights abuses, who was accused by the Vice President himself of funding ISIL, and who has declined to acquiesce to reasonable US requests to utilise Turkish airbases in the fight against ISIL at a time when Mr Erdogan's apparent challengers remain an as yet unknown quantity in terms of their approach to these and other issues?

Bill Schmidt
Senator from Arizona
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Former Governor of Arizona (1997-2003)

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10 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

Mr. Secretary, 

Should the coup be successful, would President Obama or your State Department contact the new regime? 

 

I have no comment about that at this time.

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3 hours ago, Bill Schmidt said:

Mr Secretary,

Why is the President giving his unequivocal backing to the President of Turkey, who has been widely criticised for human rights abuses, who was accused by the Vice President himself of funding ISIL, and who has declined to acquiesce to reasonable US requests to utilise Turkish airbases in the fight against ISIL at a time when Mr Erdogan's apparent challengers remain an as yet unknown quantity in terms of their approach to these and other issues?

I reject the premise of the question, sir.

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I have an update on the situation.

Since the initial actions, violence has escalated and we have every reason to fear that Turkey may be quickly headed to a civil war. Forces loyal to the President are firmly in control of the middle of the country, particularly around the capital city of Ankara. In the eastern section of the country the Council has garnered the support of Kurdish factions and have essentially driven out all government influence in the eastern part of the country. In the western section of Turkey, including Istanbul, have seen the heaviest fighting. Even as we speak, control of the vital city of Istanbul is still contested. 

 

@SWMissourian @CWard @Recks @Bill Schmidt @Chris @Brady

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3 minutes ago, Bill Schmidt said:

Mr Secretary, if the situation on the ground does evolve into that of a civil war with apparent sectarian tendencies, will the United States intervene militarily?

The President hopes to see the situation resolved internally and peacefully. 

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I have a few updates on the situation:

 

  • The leadership of the Council has coalesced around Colonel Muharrem Köse as the leader of the Council. He stated that he is not seeking leadership of the country but rather is advocating for the exile of President Erdogan with subsequent elections. Kose has stated that in such elections, he will endorse and campaign for Fethullah Gülen. Gülen has been living in Pennsylvania under self-exile since 1999. 
  • The Council has taken complete control of Istanbul after weeks of intense fighting. The Council now controls the entirety of the country on the European continent. This leaves the government forces controlling just the middle of the country and surrounded on both sides.
  • The President has blatantly refused to step down. Both sides are solidifying their base of operations with two clear fronts emerging in the civil war.

 

@SWMissourian @CWard @Recks @Bill Schmidt @Chris @Brady

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1 hour ago, Brady said:

Mr. Secretary, what steps has the Obama administration been taking to help facilitate a peaceful resolution in Turkey? Is the administration prepared to back new elections, as called for by the Peace at Home Council and Mr. Gülen, as a path toward a peaceful resolution?

We support open and fair elections in an atmosphere of peace, but it is not the policy of the United States to endorse any individual in a foreign election.

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