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UN Secretary-General Urges Turkey To Solve Problems With Armenia, Cyprus

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised Turkey’s contributions to world peace but encouraged it to be more active in solving its own conflicts with Armenia and Cyprus. Turkey said Monday it would not ratify a deal to normalize ties with Armenia until Armenian withdrew from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. On Cyprus, it insists on the lifting of what it calls an unofficial trade embargo on the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in return for opening Turkey’s ports to ships and planes from Cyprus.

European Parliament Approves Report Urging Action in South Caucasus

The European Parliament approved Thursday a report urging the EU to craft a strategy for proactive engagement with the critically important South Caucasus region. The report, submitted by Bulgarian Socialist MEP Evgeni Kirilov, stresses the need for the EU to become an active player in the Caucasus. It says Europe must work to stabilize the region and encourage the development of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.