Tensions easing in Turkey, but probe continues

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Tensions easing in Turkey, but probe continues

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The morning after a crisis meeting between the heads of Turkey’s government and military, all seemed calm on the streets of Istanbul.

Fears of a full blown confrontation between the two forces appeared to be receding, despite an investigation into a coup plot that has seen around 50 senior army, navy and air force officials detained.

One man interviewed said: “Turkey needs to face its past, which was plagued by military coups. This is the price that must be paid. The stress itself is part of the cost. I view this process positively.”

But it is far from clear that Thursday’s meeting has resolved tensions.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the three- hour round table discussion yesterday with the president and chief of armed forces went “very well.”

Three of the most senior military officers detained have been released. The rest remain in detention.

Thirty-one officers in all so far have been formally charged in connection with the alleged coup plot, including seven admirals and four generals.

Included among these are 11 officers charged just on Friday morning.