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TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DUE IN KYRGYZSTAN

 

- TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DUE IN KYRGYZSTAN

BISHKEK (A.A) – 27.11.2008 – Turkish foreign minister will arrive in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday upon invitation by his Kyrgyz counterpart.

A statement by Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan will start his formal talks in Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Friday.

Babacan will first meet Turkish businessmen over a breakfast to be hosted by Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Businessmen Association on Friday.

He will have a meeting with Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minister Ednan Karabaev and will be received by Premier Igor Chudinov.

 

 
PM SOYER GOES TO GERMANY

Nicosia, 26 November 08 (T.A.K):-Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer went to Berlin this morning.

Soyer and his men will come together with the officials of German Social Democrat Party, Green Party and the ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Soyer is expected to return to the island Saturday night. (ÖZ/SEL)

 
- EXECUTIVES OF AZERBAIJANI NEWS AGENCY VISIT ANADOLU AGENCY HEADQUARTERS

 

 

- EXECUTIVES OF AZERBAIJANI NEWS AGENCY VISIT ANADOLU AGENCY HEADQUARTERS

 

ANKARA (A.A) - 26.11.2008 - Executives of Azerbaijani news agency AzerTac paid a courtesy visit to Anadolu Agency (AA) headquarters in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday.

Aslan Aslanov, the director general of AzerTac, met Hilmi Bengi, the director general and chairman of executive board of AA, in Bengi's office.

"A joint web-site of Turkish Language News Agencies Association is being tested right now," Bengi told the Azerbaijani delegation.

Bengi said that member news agencies would put news stories about their own countries on the web-site at the "www.tkaonline.org".

"It will be a web-site with news in Turkish, English and Russian as well as news in dialects of every country, and it will help us learn about development in other countries," Bengi said.

Bengi also said that he hoped the web-site would be the meeting point of the Turkish world as soon as possible.

Also speaking in the meeting, Aslanov said that there were many things their agency would learn from experiences of the AA and Turkey.

Aslanov earlier visited Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk--the Founder of Republic of Turkey, laid a wreath at the Mausoleum, observed a minute of silence and signed Anitkabir Special Register

 
TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DUE TO AZERBAIJAN

- TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DUE TO AZERBAIJAN

ANKARA (A.A) - 26.11.2008 - Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan will leave for Azerbaijan on November 30 upon an invitation by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on Wednesday that during his two-day visit, Babacan would discuss bilateral relations as well as regional developments.

Babacan and Mammadyarov would also exchange views about putting Caucasus Stability & Cooperation Platform into practice, the ministry said.

 
CYPRIOT LEADERS DISCUSSED “FEDERAL OFFENCES” AND “FEDERAL POLICE”

Nicosia, 25 November 08 (T.A.K):-Cypriot leaders Mehmet Ali Talat and Dimitris Christofias continued their meetings today in the framework of the negotiations aimed at settling the Cyprus issue.

During the meeting that lasted for 2.5 hours, the leaders discussed the issues “Federal Offences” and “Federal Police” under the main topic “Governance and Power Sharing”.

Pursuant to the meeting that took place at the building allocated for talks in the UN controlled buffer zone, Special Representative of Secretary General and the Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun gave a statement to the press regarding the meeting.

Stressing that the leaders focused on “Federal Offences” and “Federal Police” Zerihoun said they reached almost full convergence on “Federal Offences” and agreed on what constitutes “Federal Offences”.

“On federal police they also reached some convergence and they have other areas to discuss when they meet next” quoted Zerihoun.

Stating that the next meeting of the leaders would be held on the 2nd of December, Zerihoun said in addition to the discussion on “Federal Police” they would take up “Federal Public Service”, “Public Commission” and “External Affairs” in the next meeting.

--TALAT: “I EXPRESSED THE DISCOMFORT OF TURKISH CYPRIOT SIDE”--

On the other side President Mehmet Ali Talat answered the questions of the journalists after he had returned to Presidential Palace after today’s meeting.

Talat revealed that he told Greek Cypriot Leader Dimitris Christofias that Turkish Cypriot side was discomfort about Christofias’ effort of changing the parameters of the negotiations by signing memorandums with different countries such as UK and Russia and regarded this as an act that harms the negotiation process.

--ARGUMENT IN THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING--

Stressing that they had a small argument in the beginning of today’s meeting after he expressed Turkish Cypriot side’s discomfort, Talat said Christofias stated he would give a written answer regarding that issue and added he hoped to get the answer in the next meeting.

--NOT EFFICIENT ENOUGH--

            Stating that the negotiations were not continuing with the impetus foreseen and were not efficient enough Talat said he would explain the reason of this in the future after observing the process a little bit more. (ÖZ/SE
 
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