World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone said on Friday that America does not want to enter the conflict between Turkey and Fethullah Gulen movement, which he referred to as a "family fight".
Responding to journalist's questions after visiting Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, Ricciardone added, "we are friends of the Turkish families," he said, "we hope you solve it in nice way. We are always going to be friends of your family."
The Turkish government has accused the Gulen's movement of forming a "parallel state" comprising of bureaucrats with hidden agendas.
The group, allegedly run by US-based Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, has been accused of conducting illegal wiretaps of thousands of people in Turkey.
Ricciardone also welcomed Thursday's decision by Turkey's Constitutional Court to lift the Youtube block.
"We welcome the decision. Of course Turkish law is what is important. We are not judges of Turkish law," he said, and he added, "But anything that increases freedom of expression and strengthens freedom of expression, of course we think it is a good thing."
In early April, Turkey lifted a separate block on micro-blogging site Twitter following a similar order from the Constitutional Court.
Regarding upcoming Turkish presidential elections scheduled on August 10th and the opposition's nomination, Ricciardone said, "we are very confident in Turkish democracy," and added, "No one can predict in any serious democracy like Turkey what the results will be."
"Whatever results come in the election of August, I am very confident that the Turkish people will say my candidate won and my candidate lost, which is the legitimate outcome," he added.
It will be the first time that Turkey's president will be elected by direct popular vote.
A candidate needs more than 50 percent of the popular vote to be elected in the first round.
If no one receives the required percentage, there will be a second round on August 24 between the two candidates who received the most votes in the first.
Regarding Syria, Ricciardone said: "The U.S. president points out that the choice is not between entering someone's war with military forces and doing nothing".
"There are things in between (military intervention and doing nothing) and the president of U.S made it very clear what our position is," he said, "We are in discussions with Turkey and other friends and allies on this matter."
In response to a question on whether Obama's point of view is likely to change on the Syrian war in coming year, Riccordone said that they take very seriously what their friends and allies say and believe about the Syrian war.
"So we will be in very close consultation (with Turkey and other allies)," he stressed.
The Syrian crisis, now in its fourth year, has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions.Last Mod: 30 Mayıs 2014, 16:03