British Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw said in Istanbul Saturday London would exert efforts to cease activities of companies working in the European Union (EU) and were offering financial support for outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Straw, lecturing in a university in Istanbul about "Turkey and the EU - cooperation to strengthen security and prosperity," said Britain would continue backing Turkey in its fight against PKK's terrorist actions.
The British official, who arrived in Ankara yesterday and met with Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin before heading to Istanbul, said Britain was not in favor of seeing the north of Iraq as a base for PKK.
He said the US was the party which could help Turkey cracking down on PKK militants.
Britain is in constant contact with EU countries to stop companies and organizations funding PKK, said Straw.
There is a solid cooperation between Turkey and Britain in the fight against crime and narcotics, said Straw.
Also he stated Turkey has an extremely important strategic position.
"Turkey's strategic importance is not merely due to its geographical location, connecting east and west but also because of who Turkey is and its progressing character," Straw indicated.
"Turkey is world's 16th biggest economy. With its current position, Turkey is very close to European standards compared to many years ago," Straw remarked.
"Turkey is a bridge between the EU and Islamic world. The EU would reach 1.5 billion of Muslims via Turkey's membership," Straw noted.
Straw told that Turkey will help the EU gain a highly prominent perspective.
"Turkey is a country that understands the region very well. Turkey is very influential in the region. There are many reasons that show that Turkey's membership in the EU is vital. Turkey has positive relations with Iran and contributes to stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As such, Turkey's entrance into the EU must be made easier," Straw added.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2007, 14:04