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Turkey

02.04.2010

Turkey says it will send its ambassador back to the US, nearly a month after a panel voted to call the killings of Armenians in World War I genocide.

Turkey recalled the ambassador shortly after the vote by a US congressional committee on 4 March.

The White House has said it opposes the congressional resolution.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reversed a decision to cancel plans to attend a nuclear security meeting in Washington on 12-13 April.

"Before I attend this gathering, I will send the ambassador to the United States next week," Mr Erdogan said.

01.04.2010

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said the Turkish people are fully aware of the energy crisis being faced by Pakistan and Turkey will provide all possible help to overcome the problem. He was addressing the Pak-Turkey CEO forum organized by Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PIBT) at a local hotel on Thursday.

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.

29.03.2010

Back home, their differences may run strong, but within Turkey, ethnic groups from the Caucasus often find that they have more in common than conflict.

In Inegol, a town of about 151,000 near the Sea of Marmara known for its furniture and its meatballs, one ethnic Georgian explains. "Our ancestors come from all different places in the Caucasus, but what we have in common is that we are Turks," says Inegol Deputy Mayor Yousef Sen. "Here, we are brothers under that nationality."

18.03.2010

EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton said at a meeting with reporters in Damascus during her first visit to the Middle East that she will discuss the resumption of talks between Syria and Israel with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Cihan news agency reported.

During her visit, Ashton held talks with officials in Beirut and Damascus.

Together with Turkey, Brussels seeks to resume the Syrian-Israeli negotiations, Ashton said at a press conference after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

16.03.2010

The long-awaited results of a screening by the European Union on the state of the Turkish justice system seem to have fallen into the cracks within the cumbersome EU bureaucracy, thwarted by political myopia and eventually making EU-hopeful Turkey the latest victim of the slow-paced and often complicated structure of the EU decision-making apparatus.

10.03.2010

Turkey watchers in Washington must have been feeling a sense of déjà vu after the March 4 passage by a congressional committee of a resolution recognizing the mass killing of Armenians during World War I as genocide.

04.03.2010

Turkey thanked Belgium on Thursday for raids on locations housing alleged terrorists, including a Roj TV studio, and for cooperating in the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

“We appreciate the Belgian authorities’ determined and responsible attitude,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a joint press conference with his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCully, in Ankara.

29.10.2009

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat said he and Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias shared their views on the issue of federal government authorities with each other in their meeting Tuesday.

According to Talat, both sides had differing views on the subject. “We asked questions to better understand each other’s suggestions. We also made some proposals,” he said. “Although a conclusion was not made on the subject, we understood each other better.”