POLITICS >No matter who wins, Turkey is not alone, says Ricciardone


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U.S. cooperation with Turkey will continue regardless ofwho wins the presidential election, U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardonehas said at Istanbul's Haydarpaşa port, which the U.S. embassy is using as its"election base" for the night.

Saying that Turkey is not alone on the issue of Syria,Ricciardone told the Hürriyet Daily News that even if there was a change inadministration he would not expect major changes in Washington's Syriapolicies, and that a military intervention was unlikely.

"Like Turkey, the U.S. is not disposed tointervention, and we are both sorry about the ongoing issues in Syria. BothObama and Romney said that they wouldn't turn their back on the Syrian peoplein their election campaigns, so I wouldn't expect major changes in U.S. foreignpolicy," he said. 

Ricciardone also denied that Turkey was isolated, sayingthat the international community stood together with it on the issue ofSyria. 

"The one who has been isolated is Syrian PresidentBashar al-Assad," he said.

Asked how wellthe election system, which is based on electoral college instead of popularvote, was working, Ricciardone said it was a 200-year-old system that no one inAmerica found ideal, in an interview aired on private CNNTürk news channel.

"The system becomes a subject of debate everyfour-year term, but nobody is sure about how we can get a better system.Therefore, we would not recommend this system for everyone," he said."It has so far given us satisfying results, so I think we will continuewith the system for a long time yet.”


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