Qa-45, 15 June 2018, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question On The Interim Report Of The Osce Election Observation Mission On The Presidential And 27th General Parliamentary Elections

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 15.06.2018

In the process of holding the Presidential and 27th General Parliamentary Elections in a free, transparent and fair manner in accordance with the international standards, we continue our cooperation with international organizations. In this context, we have invited international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Turkic Council to appoint observer missions. Other parliamentary formations, upon our call, are also expected to dispatch observers to the upcoming elections.

An interim report released on 15 June 2018 by OSCE Election Observation Mission, one of the aforementioned missions, that is currently functioning in our country, has been reviewed carefully.

The elections in our country are held in a pluralistic and competitive manner in line with democratic standards. However, it is seen that the interim report includes certain comments, even of political nature, that do not coincide with reality.

Our cooperation based on complete transparency with the OSCE mission will continue. It is a universal and fundamental principle that election observation missions work in an unbiased and objective manner. Therefore it is our expectation that all observer missions in our country carry out their functions accordingly.

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