Turkish FM visits Sarajevo to meet Bosnian leaders

Several political leaders in Bosnia have expressed willingness that Turkey and Russia should engage in proposed talks with Germany's Merkel

Turkish FM visits Sarajevo to meet Bosnian leaders

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday proceeded to Sarajevo for a series of talks with political leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina which has yet to form a government after last October's general elections.

"I believe that all political sides need to make a direct contribution to efforts aimed at securing a lasting peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Past experiences from 1990s have taught us that any turmoil here would have rapid regional and global consequences," Davutoglu told reporters upon his arrival in Sarajevo.

Davutoglu said Turkey closely monitored developments in Bosnia-Herzegovina, adding that Turkey was actively engaged in efforts to protect peace in Bosnia as member of the Peace Implementation Council.

Davutoglu said Turkey welcomed efforts by the German chancellor who invited Bosnia-Herzegovina's political leaders to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new government and a proposed constitutional amendment.

"I will review these issues with my counterparts here. Turkey is ready to make any contribution and work together with other countries in efforts aimed at a constitutional amendment," Davutoglu said.

Several political leaders in Bosnia have expressed willingness that Turkey and Russia should also engage in proposed talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

"We are ready to work in cooperation with the EU, and other European countries as well as with Russia and the United States," Davutoglu said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held meetings with political leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Davutoglu met with Zlatko Lagumdzija, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Sulejman Tihic, the leader of the Party of Democratic Action, and Haris Silajdzic, chairman of SBIH.

Turkish minister said that Bosnia-Herzegovina needed the cooperation of EU countries, Council of Europe, neighboring countries and international community to settle political stability after the general elections.

Turkey supported a government to be formed rapidly in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and it was ready to contribute to efforts in this regard, he noted.

Davutoglu later met with Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, over dinner.

The two reportedly discussed efforts to form a new government and amend the Bosnian constitution.

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