>> We stand squarely on the side of the elected leadership in Turkey. And we also urge government of Turkey to uphold the highest standards of respect for the nation's democratic institutions and the rule of law.>> US Secretary of State John Kerry joining his western allies to call for calm.
The meeting in Brussels Monday urging Turkey to maintain human rights after Friday's failed coup. Since the violence, thousands of military personnel and judges have been arrested in a sweeping countrywide purge, a move Europe is giving qualified support. According to Reuters bureau chief in Brussels Alistair Mcdonald.>> What they are saying is, we are backing the Turkish government, we are backing President Erdogan, they are democratically elected.
But and this is a big but, that they want Erdogan and his government not to use the strength which they undoubtedly have to turn that into a kind of ultra constitutional power that takes revenge on people they suspect of being against them.>> The EU worries Turkey's response to the coup could endanger more than its own stability.
A deal with Ankara that effectively ended Europe's migrant crisis dangled the carrot of EU membership. But President Erdogan is now calling for the re-introduction of the death penalty, a red line for Europe.>> Turkey's already banned by treaties. It is a signatory of the European convention on human rights.
It's a longstanding member of the Council of Europe. And those are bodies and that's a treaty that has effectively banned the death penalty across the continent for many years.>> It's a delicate relationship but one of necessity. Brussels now forced to find a balance between upholding its values without alienating Turkey or its President.