Turkey must complete adjustment to EU till end of 2013: Envoys
Turkish ambassadors defined Turkey's European Union process as essential.
Turkish ambassadors defined on Friday Turkey's European Union (EU) process as essential.
Turkish ambassadors, who have held a week-long meeting in capital Ankara under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, released a final declaration in which they defined Turkey's EU membership bid as crucial.
The declaration said Turkey had to complete its adjustment to the EU till the end of 2013, and underlined importance of the accession process for both Turkey and the EU.
"It is for every one's best interests for these two international actors, who have a common vision, common future and common interests, to progress on this process," the declaration said.
The declaration also said Turkey was extending full support to the constructive efforts of Turkish Cypriots to find a lasting and fair settlement to Cyprus question.
It also said a settlement should be based on bi-zonal structure and political equality of two founder and equal states.
"Turkey is ready to cooperate with other motherland and guarantor state Greece for a comprehensive settlement," the declaration said.
The declaration said all concerned parties should take responsibility, and expressed Turkey's expectation from the United Nations (UN) and the international community to assume a more active and encouraging role.
It also said that Middle East, Iraq, Iran's nuclear program controversy and energy were the other topics debated in the conference.
In the declaration, the ambassadors once more expressed their expectation that the embargo on the Gaza Strip would be lifted and regional conditions would be rehabilitated.
The ambassadors also said Iran's nuclear program controversy should be solved diplomatically and peacefully.
Brazilian, Japanese, and German foreign ministers delivered speeches in the conference that began on Monday. President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also participated in the week-long conference.
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