U.S. Embassy Statement on a Media Report by Cumhuriyet Newspaper

An article in today’s (August 10, 2015) Cumhuriyet newspaper attributes to U.S. Ambassador John Bass a number of quotes that are simply inaccurate, and others that are exaggerated or taken out of context.

Ambassador Bass did meet with representatives of the HDP in July, as part of ongoing conversations the Embassy holds with groups from across the political spectrum, inside and outside of government.

The Ambassador and his HDP interlocutors discussed a wide range of domestic and foreign political issues in their meeting, and the Ambassador conveyed the United States’ strong view that ongoing violence damages Turkey and that all parties should focus on restoring peace and resuming the solution process, starting with the PKK ceasing its attacks. The Embassy categorically rejects Cumhuriyet’s characterization of the meeting.

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