Turkey's Istanbul to host 2nd meeting of Caucasus platform

A regional platform initiated by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to hold its second technical-level meeting today in İstanbul.

Turkey's Istanbul to host 2nd meeting of Caucasus platform
Turkey proposed the platform for conflict resolution in the volatile Caucasus following a brief war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia in August. The platform consists of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Turkey.

Deputy foreign ministers of the five parties of the Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform had met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held in Helsinki in December, the first time representatives from the group sat around the same table.

At today's meeting in İstanbul, the parties are expected to be represented by deputy undersecretaries of the foreign ministries of these countries.

The meeting aims at outlining details for bringing in an institutional structure to the platform. The Iraq neighbors' group, set up to help stabilize the country after the US-led invasion in 2003, will be taken as a model for structuring of the new platform.

The next goal, after finalizing exercises on principles, decision-making mechanisms and structuring, is holding a summit which will gather leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Turkey at a summit of the Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform.

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Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2009, 16:42
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