Gul: Turkey would continue peace initiatives

Turkish FM Babacan briefed President Gul about the recent developments in Caucasus on Tuesday.

Gul: Turkey would continue peace initiatives
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan briefed President Abdullah Gul about the recent developments in Caucasus on Tuesday.

Gul said that Turkey would continue its initiatives for restoration of peace and stability in Georgia, noting that Turkey attached high importance to Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Gul said Turkey was always closely interested in the developments in the Caucasus.

Gul said, "the news report that Russia halted military operations is a positive development. I hope that this positive development will turn into a cease-fire soon. Implementation of cease-fire decision is very important. I believe that both parties would be careful to stop further bloodshed."

Gul said Turkey supported initiatives of European Union, OSCE and UN Secretary General for restoration of peace, noting that, "it is pleasing that Turkish government immediately started humanitarian aid to Georgia as political initiatives are underway."

Turkish president said that two pipelines carrying oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey was not damaged from clashes in Georgia.

"There is no problem regarding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum oil pipelines. And there is no problem in the Georgian section," Abdullah Gul told a press meeting in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan is a crude oil pipeline that covers 1,768 kilometres from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field in the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

It connects Baku, Tbilisi, and Ceyhan, a port on the south-eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

The pipeline has a 250 kilometer section in Georgia.

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ertugrul Apakan, Deputy Undersecretary Unal Cevikoz and several diplomats also attended the meeting.

The meeting, which took place at Cankaya Presidential Palace.

Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2008, 08:47
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