A delegation of the Republican People's Party spent several days in late
March with U.S. officials and members of Congress in a discussion about the
future of Turkey. The delegation, led by the deputy of the opposition party,
Osman Koruturk, focused on the decline of democracy in Turkey rather than
such issues as Cyprus and Armenia.
"Being subject to these sorts of questions did not please us," Koruturk
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The delegation, which also included former Turkish ambassador to the
United States Faruk Logoglu, met senior State Department officials as well
as Sen. John McCain, Middle East Newsline reported. Other meetings were with members of the pro-Israel
"We have been welcomed with great interest," Koruturk said.
In a briefing on March 29, Koruturk said Washington was increasingly
concerned over the loss of media rights as well as human rights violation
under the Erdogan government. He also cited the arrest of about 200
military officers and journalists on charges of plotting to overthrow the
"We have been asked questions about constraints with regard to
the freedom of press, fundamental freedoms and deleting unpublished books,"
Koruturk said. "We haven't been asked these kind of questions in the past."