Turkey believes in establishing plural democracy in Kosovo
I would like to use this opportunity to wish the young Republic of Kosovo and its people a bright future and welfare, Turkish FM Babacan said.
Turkish Foreign Minister, Ali Babacan, said Tuesday that "permanent peace and tranquility in the Balkans will be established when differences are viewed as richness".
Ali Babacan addressed the Kosovar Parliamentary General Assembly on Tuesday.
I am pleased to be here with you all, under the roof of this respectable institution, Babacan said.
I would like to use this opportunity to wish the young Republic of Kosovo and its people a bright future and welfare and, once again, congratulate your independence, Babacan said.
"As you know, there is a large community of Turks living in Kosovo and a large community of Kosovar people living in Turkey. This reality has resulted in Turkey's close attention on Kosovo since the beginning," Babacan said.
"Turkey pays high attention to peace and stability in the Balkans with its foreign policy and as an humanitarian cause. Kosovo's tranquility and welfare implies the stability of the Balkans and Europe," Babacan said.
"The territorial integrity and stability of the Republic of Kosovo are important for maintaining peace in the Balkans and Europe," Babacan said.
"Turkey believes in establishing a plural democracy, a state based on the rule of law, and a state that respects universal human and minority rights in Kosovo," Babacan said.
"Stability and welfare established in the Balkans will (positively) affect all humanity and Europe," Babacan stressed.
We support the integration of all regional countries with the European-Atlantic bodies so that the Balkans turn into a platform of friendship and brotherhood, Babacan said.
It is Turkey's wish to see Kosovo receive the international status it deserves by completing economic and social development, Babacan said.
Aside from economic development, Turkey pays high attention to Kosovo's security and stability, Babacan said.
Since 1999, Turkish troops, police and security experts have contributed to Kosovo's security under NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) and United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) operations, Babacan said.
Turkey will continue to contribute to Kosovo's security as long as there is a need, Babacan said.
"I would like to stress that it is important for Kosovo to establish positive relations with the regional countries and the international community at large. This will speed up the process for Kosovo in reaching a status globally. We are confident that Kosovo will be successful in this path," Babacan also said.
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