Turkish minister addresses at UN summit on climate change

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks said Tuesday Turkey plays an important role in solving global environmental problems.

Turkish minister addresses at UN summit on climate change

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks, Egemen Bagis, said Tuesday Turkey plays an important role in solving global environmental problems.

Egemen Bagis attended the Summit on Climate Change held prior to the high level meetings of the 64th United Nations General Assembly.

Bagis participated in the UN Forum on Private Sector and Civil Society on behalf of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking at the forum, Bagis said that climate change is a common problem (of the world).

Unless we are all secure, none of us could be secure. The cost of dealing with problems stemming from climate change and measures to be taken must be shared (by all). Turkey, a country that conducts entry negotiations with the European Union (EU), is one that has ratified the Kyoto Protocol. We have developed a 1500-page Strategy Document so that the chapter on 'environment' gets opened to negotiations.

Turkey has an important role to play in dealing with global environmental problems, particularly in Europe, Bagis said.

Sources said that Egemen Bagis held short meetings with prime ministers and foreign ministers of various EU countries who attended the summit on climate change.

Bagis met with high level executives of companies working in the energy sector and who attended the summit on climate change. Bagis informed these executives about Turkey's contributions to energy security and energy pipelines that the country plans to have and already has.

Egemen Bagis will deliver a speech on "Turkey-EU relations" at the Harvard University's Kennedy School on Thursday, September 24.

Bagis will talk with the students at Harvard following his speech.

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