ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has rejected international monitors’ findings on its referendum, saying it was “saddened” by what it called “politically-motivated and accusatory” statements.
In a statement Monday, the Foreign Ministry said the observer mission’s findings that the referendum procedures “fell short” of international standards “were unacceptable.”
The statement alleged the OSCE observer mission had “arrived in Turkey with prejudices and ignored the principles of objectivity and neutrality.”
The monitoring group earlier Monday cited a series of irregularities in the referendum Sunday, including a skewed pro-vote campaign. The group also said a Turkish electoral board decision allowing as valid ballots that did not bear official stamps undermined important safeguards against fraud.