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Turkey Coup Update Germany's Steinmeier calls for restraint

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A member of the Presidential Council of Government of National Accord, Ahmed Maiteeq (C) stands next to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) dueing a joint news conference in Tripoli, Libya, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY play A member of the Presidential Council of Government of National Accord, Ahmed Maiteeq (C) stands next to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) dueing a joint news conference in Tripoli, Libya, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday firmly condemned a military coup attempt in Turkey and urged all parties involved to respect the democratic order.

"We are deeply concerned about the recent developments in Turkey," Steinmeier said. "I condemn in the strongest terms any attempts to change the democratic order in Turkey by force."

Steinmeier said all those responsible in Turkey must adhere to the democratic and constitutional rules and ensure that further bloodshed was avoided.

"It is encouraging that the parties represented in the Turkish parliament declared their support for the democratic principles," Steinmeier said.

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