Friday, April 14, 2017

US ‘concerned about "quality" of democracy in Turkey’

The United States is concerned over the level of democracy in its ally Turkey and is talking to the government on the matter, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said on April 13, commenting on the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments.

“I’d just say we’re obviously following this issue very closely. As I said the other day, we are concerned about the quality of Turkey’s democracy,” Toner said during a regular press briefing. “These are discussions that we have on a somewhat regular basis with the Turkish government. Because we’re strong allies and partners, we can have those kinds of conversations.”

Responding to a question over an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) report that pointed to “limitations” during the campaigning for the “no” votes, Toner referred to his statements on April 11.

“We’re looking at that and studying it very closely … We hope the referendum is carried out in such a way that guarantees and strengthens democracy in Turkey,” he said.

“We never want to see, as part of any kind of free and fair electoral process, any kind of limitation on all sides to express their views peacefully,” he said.
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