Latest White House Statement, 12 June 2013

“We continue to follow events in Turkey with concern, and our interest remains supporting freedom of expression and assembly, including the right to peaceful protest. We are concerned by any attempts to punish individuals for exercising their right to free speech, as well as attempts by any party to provoke violence. We believe today’s events reinforce the need to resolve this situation through dialogue. As we have said, we believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security, and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, association, and a free and independent media. Turkey is a close friend and ally of the United States, and we expect the Turkish authorities to uphold these fundamental freedoms.”

NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden

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