Today's Zaman reported The European Union has made a surprise offer to host a broad meeting on Palestine in Turkey, State Minister Kürşad Tüzmen revealed yesterday.
Tüzmen, speaking at a press conference in Brussels after having separate talks with EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, said, however, that Turkey is approaching the offer with caution.
"Such initiatives should not be romantic," Tüzmen said, emphasizing that such attempts should have the backing of the United States, Japan and the World Bank in order to succeed.
Tüzmen said Brussels sought Turkey's support to ensure that the project would be "realistic" and expressed appreciation of the EU's interest in developments taking place in the Middle East.
"But a realistic approach is needed to be able to offer a meaningful economic or political initiative," he added.
Tüzmen did not elaborate on the content of the proposed meeting. Turkey has often said that it is willing to host an international conference to discuss efforts for peace in the Middle East and the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tüzmen also confirmed that he had pledged to shave his moustache when Turkey joins the EU in his meeting with Rehn. The EU commissioner asked him whether it was a firm pledge at their meeting yesterday and Tüzmen gave his word. "I told the EU officials I met that this engagement should end in marriage," he said, referring to Turkey's accession bid.
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