U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. ''without any hesitation, squarely and unequivocally, stands for democratic leadership'' in Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and President Obama agreed "that the United States without any hesitation, squarely and unequivocally, stands for democratic leadership, for the respect for a democratically elected leader and for a constitutional process with that regard. And we stand by the government of Turkey." Speaking during a news conference in Luxembourg on Saturday (July 16), Kerry said he hoped the constitutional process will be followed when dealing with those behind the attempted coup. Turkish Airlines resumed flights from Istanbul's international airport on Saturday following a failed coup attempt while some foreign carriers canceled weekend flights. Forces loyal to Turkey's government fought on Saturday to crush the last remnants of a military coup attempt. Television images late Friday had shown tanks parked in front of the airport.