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Democratic initiative, protocols with Armenia likely to be praised in EU progress report on Turkey

TURKEY The European Commission’s progress report on Turkey, which is expected to be released on Oct. 14, is likely to include praise for the government’s democratic initiative involving the country’s Kurds and the recent protocols announced between Turkey and Armenia.

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Greek Cypriots postpone second round of peace talks

CYPRUS Greek Cypriot representatives had postponed the second round of peace talks following a dispute over a pilgrimage to an orthodox church in the Turkish Cypriot north, an official said on Wednesday. The leaders of the two rival communities were scheduled to start the new round of negotiations on Thursday …

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Turkey’s opposition parties criticize normalization talks with Armenia

TURKEY Turkey’s opposition parties on Tuesday criticized the government’s move to start talks on establishing diplomatic ties with the country’s long-time foe Armenia for making unilateral concession. Armenia has not changed its policy enough or implemented necessary preconditions to allow a reconciliation with Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News …

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Hostile Turkey and Armenia to hold diplomatic talks

TURKEY Relations between hostile neighbours Turkey and Armenia have taken a turn for the better with the two countries’ agreeing to hold talks on establishing diplomatic ties. It was last year’s unprecedented meeting between their leaders in the Armenian capital which began the slow improvement after almost a century of …

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Possibility of permanent division getting stronger in Cyprus

TURKEY In the wake of the second round of talks between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus that are due to resume on Sept. 3, Turkish Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat said the possibility of the division on the island to be permanent was getting stronger. “The talks cannot go on …

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Turkey, US discuss energy ties, EU bid

TURKEY U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler has met with Turkish officials to discuss all aspects of bilateral ties, regional developments and Turkey’s European Union bid. Wexler held meetings with President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Şahin late Wednesday and met with Foreign Minister Ahmet …

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Turkish and Romanian foreign ministers meet in Ankara

TURKEY Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Turkey and Romania, the two most important countries in Black Sea region, were determined to turn the region into one of the most powerful and developed economic basins in the world. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu …

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Greece to cooperate with Turkey in NATO frameworks

GREECE Greece is ready to cooperate with Turkey in the framework of NATO, the Spokesperson for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Grigoris Delavekuras said. Greek authorities will state their position to the Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen , who arrived yesterday in Athens and will visit Turkey as …

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World leaders discover a Turkey beyond Ankara

TURKEY An increasing number of Anatolian cities have been included on itineraries of visiting politicians and diplomats, contributing to the global promotion of Turkey through “political tourism,” according to tourism officials. “It contributes a lot when world leaders visit beautiful places in our country and they are broadcast on or …

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Turkmen leader declares Turkey ‘strategic partner’

Ahead of a planned official visit to Turkey, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has stressed common points between his country and Turkey, while declaring the other “a strategic partner” for his country. Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, speaking at a cabinet meeting held on Saturday, informed cabinet members of Berdymukhamedov’s upcoming …

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