Turkey says backs Kyrgyzstan's territorial integrity

Ceylan said that Turkey would make all kinds of contributions to assist Kyrgyzstan in these difficult period.

Turkey says backs Kyrgyzstan's territorial integrity

Turkey's Special Representative to Kyrgyzstan Ambassador Fatih Ceylan said that Turkey wanted to see a prosperous, peaceful and stable Kyrgyzstan in the region.

Ceylan, who came to Bishkek to hold a series of talks, said at a news conference at the Turkish Embassy that he met with Roza Otunbayeva, the Prime Minister of the interim government of Kyrgyzstan, and expressed Turkey's sorrow over recent incidents in the country.

"I also held talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atanbayev, Interior Minister Bolot Sher and Deputy Defense Minister Kubanichbek Orozbayev. Turkey has been extending full support to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity since the day Kyrgyzstan acquired its independence. We consider Kyrgyzstan as a whole," he said.

Ceylan said that Turkey would make all kinds of contributions to assist Kyrgyzstan in these difficult period.

Ceylan said that Kyrgyz local authorities conveyed their demands, and Turkey would assess these demands, adding that Turkey would help Kyrgyzstan as much as it could.

Noting that all Turks in Osh region, where the clashes occurred, were evacuated, Ceylan said that the remaining five Turkish truck drivers reached Bishkek. Ceylan noted that the drivers would be sent to Turkey on Thursday.

Ceylan said that international community should extend the necessary support and assistance to the region to restore peace, adding that Turkey was exerting efforts to make the international community more active about the issue.

He said that Turkey would also help Kyrgyzstan to solve its technical problems.

Ceylan and accompanying delegation will hold meetings in Kyrgyzstan till June 18.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Almazbek Atambayev, first deputy head of the Kyrgyz interim government, by phone.

Officials said on Wednesday that Erdogan and Atambayev exchanged views on incidents that took place in Kyrgyzstan.

Erdogan told Atambayev they hoped that stability and tranquility would secure in the country. 

189 people were killed and 1,910 others were wounded in ethnical clashes between Uzbek and Kyrgyz people since June 11.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2010, 12:03