Canada urges Turkey to avoid summary justice after failed coup

Since then, the President has gone out of his way to rid the police and the judiciary of Gulen supporters, accusing the cleric of trying to run a "parallel government" from Pennsylvania - where he is self-imposed exile since 1999 - and even calling his supporters as terrorists trying to topple the government. Secretary Kerry says the Obama administration would consider Erdogan's extradition request given Turkey could prove Gulen's wrongdoing. "I told you that he is considering the coup d'etat, but you didn't listen".

Kerry said the US had no indication beforehand of the coup attempt, which began as he and Russia's foreign minister were in a Russian government villa in Moscow, locked in negotiations over Syria.

Gulen has harshly condemned the attempted coup attempt by military officers that resulted in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead. Washington has never found any evidence particularly compelling previously.

"We haven't received any request with respect to Mr. Gulen", Kerry said.

"Obviously we would invite the government of Turkey, as we always do, to present us with any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny".

A prolonged closure of Incirlik's airspace could force the United States to divert aircraft based in the Persian Gulf to the Manbij and Raqqa offensives, constraining the air power available to support Iraqi and USA forces involved in operations against Islamic State.

"Our commander of air staff, naval staff and the second chief of general staff were saved from the Akinci Base where they were held and are in good condition", Isik told reporters in the capital Ankara, adding that it was early to say that the coup danger was completely over, while urging caution.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated the "unwavering support" of the United States for the democratically elected civilian government of Turkey.

Gulen is understood to maintain significant support among some members of the military and mid-level bureaucrats. For his part, Erdogan ordered the closure of multiple Gulenist schools and institutes, which form the backbone of the Hizmet movement, which is both social and religious.

Given the chance Saturday to deliver a message to Erdogan, Gulen demurred. Lavrov and other Russian officials have called on their countrymen in Turkey to stay indoors amid uncertainty about whether a military coup is taking place.

He also said "public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations", the State Department said.

"I don't believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdogan", Gulen said in an interview at his residence on Saturday with a small group of journalists.

"We need to heal this polarization", he said.

"All of that continues as before", Kerry said.

Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in the resort town of Marmaris.

The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

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