A US official urged respect for Turkish democratic institutions after a state prosecutor asked Turkey's Constitutional Court to shut down the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), charging that it had become a focal point for anti-secular activities.
"The Turkish democracy is strong. It has been tested in the past and emerged stronger from these tests," US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Bryza told private news agency Cihan in remarks translated into Turkish. Noting that the United States encouraged all concerned parties to respect democratic institutions and the supremacy of law in such circumstances, Bryza said: "We believe it is necessary that the political future of a country governed by democracy be determined by the voters. It is important to respect the choice manifested by the voters in elections. The voters have manifested their choice here."
He also said there had been no change in plans for a visit by US Vice President Dick Cheney to Turkey in coming days.
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