Turkey promises 'OIC support' to Philippines

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey continued to support efforts to establish peace in the Philippines.

Turkey promises 'OIC support' to Philippines

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey continued to support efforts to establish peace in the Philippines.

Davutoglu told a joint press conference with Filipino Foreign Minister Alberto Romulo, and said the international contact group, consisting of Turkey, Japan and Britain would continue to extend support for the peace talks between the Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Underlining the significance of air transportation for the promotion of relations, Davutoglu said they agreed with Romulo in principle for launching of flights between Istanbul and Manila, Anadolu news agency said.

Davutoglu said they agreed to hold the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meetings regularly, adding that the next meeting would take place in Manila in coming months.

OIC support?

Minister Davutoglu thanked the Filipino administration for their support to Turkey's observer member application to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, promising to support the observer member application of the Philippines to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Philippines applied for an observer status in 2004 but it has never been approved.

Philippines would need the consensus of the bloc’s 57 members to secure an observer status.

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is the only one recognized by the OIC as the sole legitimate representative of Muslims in southern Philippines.

The OIC plays the role of facilitating peace negotiations, through Malaysia, between the Philippine government and the MILF, an armed Muslim group that broke away from the MNLF after it signed a peace accord with the government in 1996.

In his part, Romulo said Turkey was kind to except to be part of the international contact group.

He said the JEC meeting to be held in Manila would help carry bilateral relations further.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2010, 14:45

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