Turkish FM meets US Mitchell to discuss Middle East

The Turkish foreign minister continued to hold bilateral talks in New York.

Turkish FM meets US Mitchell to discuss Middle East

The Turkish foreign minister continued to hold bilateral talks in New York on Wednesday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had meetings with George Mitchell, the U.S. special representative to the Middle East; Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen; Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov; Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic; and European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana, on the sidelines of the 64th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

Davutoglu discussed developments regarding the Middle East during his meeting with Mitchell, which took place immediately after U.S. President Barack Obama's opening remarks at the General Assembly.

According to diplomatic sources, Davutoglu told Mitchell that he found Obama's speech balanced and he also thought that Obama's bringing up Jerusalem and talking about final solution in his speech were positive.

Davutoglu said recent days were a good opportunity to restore peace in the Middle East, and exchanged views with Mitchell about further steps to be taken.

The Turkish foreign minister said the humanitarian situation in Gaza was unacceptable, and should be corrected as soon as possible.

During his meeting with Mammadyarov, Davutoglu talked about the recent stage of normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations. The two foreign ministers discussed the protocols, expected to be signed by Turkey and Armenia, at the end of the ongoing internal consultations.

Also, the Azerbaijani foreign minister briefed Davutoglu on their negotiations with Armenia.

In his meeting with Solana, Davutoglu discussed recent developments in the Middle East and Cyprus issue.

Davutoglu said that the door of opportunity in Cyprus could not stay open till eternity, and the problem could be solved till the end of this year if parties showed good will.
In his bilateral meeting with Verhagen, Davutoglu discussed Turkey's European Union (EU) membership process and Cyprus issue.

Also meeting Croatian Foreign Minister Jandrokovic, Davutoglu discussed EU membership as two candidate countries and both ministers underlined importance of cooperation for welfare and stability in the Balkans.

Davutoglu also signalled that Turkey was against political radical movements in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Eylül 2009, 15:36