Turkey to host summit of Southeast European states

Leaders of the Southeast European states will gather together in Turkey on Wednesday.

Turkey to host summit of Southeast European states

Leaders of the Southeast European states will gather together in Turkey on Wednesday.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul will host the summit of heads of state and government of Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Istanbul on June 23.

Heads of state of 11 countries, as well as high-level representatives of European Union (EU), Council of Europe (COE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), NATO, United Nations (UN), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) will participate in the summit.

Slovenia will become a member of the SEECP during the Istanbul summit. Turkey will hand over the rotating presidency of the SEECP to Montenegro at the end of the summit.

President Gul is expected to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit.

The SEECP was launched on Bulgaria's initiative in 1996. At the Bulgaria-chaired meeting in Sofia, the SEE countries laid the foundations for regional co-operation for the purposes of creating an atmosphere of trust, good neighbourly relations and stability.

The basic goals of regional co-operation within SEECP include the strengthening of security and the political situation, intensification of economic relations and co-operation in the areas of human resources, democracy, justice, and battle against illegal activities.

It is the intention of the SEECP to enable its members to approach the European and Euro-Atlantic structures through the strengthening of good neighbourly relations and transformation of the region into an area of peace and stability.


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