German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek “respectful dialogue” with all political parties.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek “respectful dialogue” with all political parties after a short yes-victory in the referendum that gave him increased powers.
“The (German) Government hopes that the Turkish Government, following a tough election campaign, will seek to maintain a respectful dialogue with all political forces and in society,” the Foreign Minister said in a short statement with his Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Berlin said “to take note” of the provisional result of the vote, in which the “yes” won with 51.37% after counting the bulletins of 99.45% of the polls.
The German government “respects the right of the Turks and Turks to decide on their constitution,” Merkel added, stressing that “the tight outcome shows how deeply Turkish Turkish society is divided.”
“This means a great responsibility for the Turkish leaders and for President Erdogan personally,” added the head of the German Government.
The Turkish head of state staged a verbal campaign against German leaders after a ban on pro-Erdogan rallies in Germany.
Berlin called for “political discussions as soon as possible” with Ankara, both bilaterally, as between the European institutions and Turkey. ”
Angela Merkel said she expected the first assessments of the OSCE and Council of Europe observers on the referendum to be known today, but recalled “the serious doubts” expressed by those two institutions about the referendum.
Germany hosts the largest Turkish community in the world.
The Turkish President described Sunday the victory of the “yes” in the referendum as a “historic decision” and called on foreign countries to “respect the outcome”.
Erdogan said the official results showed that the referendum aimed at strengthening presidential powers won by a margin of 1.3 million votes, with an “86 percent” participation rate.
The main party of the Turkish opposition, however, requested the partial recount of the votes cast in the referendum, after denouncing irregularities in the vote.