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US State Dept Issues Statement on OSCE findings, does NOT congratulate for either side for “win”

Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC
US State Department Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner issued a statement regarding OSCE initial findings which was published along with press briefing today in Turkey.

Toner said in statement US encourages “voters and parties on both sides to focus on working together for Turkey’s future and to maintain a meaningful political dialogue.”

It’s noted that US State Department did not congratulate for either side for referendum “win.”

US Doesn’t Say Whether It Accepts the Results:

US State Department official Julia Mason, when asked ”does the US govt. accept the election results?” said: ”We’ll let our statement stand. We have nothing further to add.”

US Cites OSCE Findings

US State Dept also cited OSCE report’s stated irregularities on voting day and ” an uneven playing field during the difficult campaign period, which took place under a state of emergency.”

Here is the full statement sent to Washington Hatti:

“Sunday, millions of Turkish voters made their voices heard during the April 16 referendum.

We encourage voters and parties on both sides to focus on working together for Turkey’s future and to maintain a meaningful political dialogue.  Democracies gain strength through respect for diverse points of view, especially on difficult issues.

We thank the OSCE Referendum Observation Mission for its important work and note the concerns detailed in its preliminary assessment of the conduct of the vote and campaign.  Those concerns include observed irregularities on voting day and an uneven playing field during the difficult campaign period, which took place under a state of emergency.  We look forward to OSCE/ODIHR’s final report, which we understand will take several weeks.

We look to the government of Turkey to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all its citizens – regardless of their vote on April 16 – as guaranteed by the Turkish constitution and in accordance with Turkey’s international commitments, such as under the Helsinki Charter.

The United States remains committed to strengthening our bilateral relationship.  The United States continues to support Turkey’s democratic development, to which commitment to the rule of law and a diverse and free media remain essential.”

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