Armenian FM to attend Istanbul gathering

The president of neighboring Armenia, which has no ties with Turkey, has been invited to attend a regional summit of the Black Sea countries in Istanbul, but the country is expected to be represented at foreign ministerial level.

Armenian FM to attend Istanbul gathering
The president of neighboring Armenia, which has no ties with Turkey, has been invited to attend a regional summit of the Black Sea countries in İstanbul, but the country is expected to be represented at foreign ministerial level.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis are most likely to attend the summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), officials said. Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko is also expected to be in attendance at the meeting, hosted by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
The BSEC was founded in 1992 to boost cooperation and economic integration among regional countries in the post-Cold War era, but the organization has largely failed to materialize many of its ambitions. Turkey, which took over the presidency of the BSEC for six months in May, wants to use its term at the helm of the organization to revitalize it by developing concrete projects. One such project is the construction of a 7,500-kilometer highway that will be built around the Black Sea. The highway plans will be introduced to the public during the İstanbul summit.

On the sidelines of the summit, BSEC and UN Development Program (UNDP) officials are expected to sign a cooperation accord. UNDP President Kemal Derviş will be among the participants of the meeting. Ankara sees the June 25 summit as an opportunity for the BSEC to revive itself and extricate itself from a political crisis that is hindering the organization's decision-making abilities.

Source. Today's Zaman


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