Turkey working on Caucasia document acceptable to all

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has expressed hope about the recent comprehensive talks process in Cyprus.

Turkey working on Caucasia document acceptable to all

In a televised interview with the private NTV News Channel, Babacan said, "both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) tangibly display their willingness for a comprehensive solution. Although the new leader and the new government of the Greek Cypriot administration make pro-solution statements, they have not yet taken any concrete steps. It seems that the leader have found a common ground now."

Asked about Turkey's status as a guarantor state, Babacan said, "the issues of guarantor state and alliance agreements are not discussed at talks. The Cyprus issue is also regarded with security, stability and peace in eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's function as a guarantor state is essential for security and stability in eastern Mediterranean."

Upon a question about Turkey's proposal for a Caucasian Platform, Babacan said, "we are working on a document that could be accepted by the five relevant countries. This platform will enable those countries to come together and consult the problems. The platform could have ties with the European Union (EU) and the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Russia and Azerbaijan are positive about the process. I hope that Georgia will have a more positive approach after withdrawal of Russian soldiers."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Eylül 2008, 17:45