Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, "Turkey is also interested in development of Iraq's natural gas reserves. We think that Iraqi natural gas could be directly transported to our national network through a new pipeline to be constructed in Turkey."
Speaking at the Union for Mediterranean Summit at the Grand Palais in Paris, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "the Mediterranean plays a critical role in the global economy as a bridge between the East and the West, the South and the North."
"Sustainable development is comprised of social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions. In another word, sustainable development should include the whole society in the national level, and all countries in the international level. As Turkey, we attach great importance to balanced and fair development of all countries in our region," he said.
Erdogan said, "based on our experiences, I can say that a country cannot become an island of stability, peace and prosperity on its own. If instability, terrorism and underdevelopment exist in adjacent countries, they also affect your country besides all other regional countries. Therefore, we need to cooperate in providing an altogether development, an altogether peaceful atmosphere and stability.
Accordingly, Turkey tries to make productive contributions and support to efforts to resolve problems in our region from the Balkans to the Middle East and Caucasus. The industrial zone project to be put into practice in Palestine under the pioneership of Turkey is the most tangible example of this support."
"Turkey takes part in several critical projects designed to meet Europe's energy demand. The Nabucco Natural Gas Pipeline Project has a great importance to this end. Turkey-Greece-Italy Natural Gas Pipeline is another significant project that will increase the energy supply safety," he said.
Erdogan said, "we think that the environmental risks stemming from transportation of hydrocarbonaceous sources through the Turkish Straits, can be eliminated with construction of a pipeline for oil exports, by-passing the Turkish Straits."
"Turkey is also interested in development of Iraq's natural gas reserves. We think that Iraqi natural gas could be directly transported to our national network through a new pipeline to be constructed in Turkey," he said.
Erdogan also recalled that Turkey would host the 5th World Water Forum in March 2009.
During the summit, Prime Minister Erdogan held talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, President Bashar al-Asad of Syria, Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
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A final statement was released after the summit. A common decision, which envisaged to work to completely purify the Mediterranean and Middle East from weapons of mass destruction, took place in the statement.
Participants agreed to take practical measures to fully purify the Mediterranean and Middle East from all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
The Mediterranean Union project included issues such as "struggle to prevent pollution of Mediterranean", "sea and land transportation", "cooperation against natural disasters", "use of sun energy", "establish Europe-Mediterranean university" and "develop and support small & medium sized economic enterprises".
The final statement also said that --as Turkey had earlier insistently stressed-- Turkey was a country which was pursuing full membership negotiations with the EU.