Turkey reiterates its full support to Nabucco
Turkey reiterated its support to Nabucco, a planned pipeline project to bring natural gas from Central Asia to Western Europe, at a meeting in Hungary.
Turkey reiterated its support to Nabucco, a planned pipeline project to bring natural gas from Central Asia to Western Europe, at a meeting in Hungary on Tuesday.
Representatives from several countries, including partner countries, the United States and the European Union (EU), got together in Budapest for the Nabucco summit to discuss EU's gas pipeline project, which envisages piping gas 3,300 kilometers from the Caspian region via Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to a distribution hub in Austria.
Speaking at the Nabucco summit, Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that Turkey has long been a supporter of the project as a partner country.
"Turkey's stance is quite clear," Guler said. "Turkey can work very fast in the project as long as other partners get a move on it."
Guler said the project was important for Europe's energy security and strategy. He said the Nabucco project should be initiated and completed in the shortest time possible.
Among the participants and speakers at the meeting were Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek who holds the rotating presidency of the EU, Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Georgian Deputy PM Nika Gilauri.
Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, as the host of the conference, said the EU should help finance Nabucco because it was a matter of national security and not a commercial project. He said EU should allocate 2 billion Euros for the project.
Reuters Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2009, 17:37