April 17, 2017 / 4:12 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. says notes concerns of European monitors in Turkey referendum

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Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wave national flags as they wait for his arrival at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 17, 2017.Umit Bektas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Monday it had taken note of concerns by European monitors of Turkey's referendum and looked forward to a final report, suggesting it will withhold comment until a full assessment was completed.

An initial assessment by the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Sunday's referendum, which granted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, did not meet democratic norms.

"We look forward to OSCE/ODIHR's final report, which we understand will take several weeks," acting spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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