Turkey Seeks Mediating Role in Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict

TBILISI (Today’s Zaman)—Turkey attaches great importance to the maintenance of internal peace in Georgia and the resolution of it territorial problems through peaceful means, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday in Tbilisi following talks with his Georgian counterpart, Grigol Vashadze.  

Underscoring Turkey’s interest in the becoming a peace broker in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, Davutoglu said that Ambassador Unal Cevikoz, the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s deputy undersecretary for the Caucasus and Central Asia, will visit Abkhazia after the foreign minister’s visit to Georgia ends. Davutoglu arrived in Tbilisi on Monday for a two-day official visit.

“We know very well that having peace and stability in the Caucasus region without maintaining peace and stability in Georgia is very difficult,” Davutoglu said, noting the two countries’ interests in maintaining cooperation in the Black Sea Region. “With these thoughts and perspectives, my ministry’s deputy ambassador, Mr. Unal Cevikoz, will pay a visit to Abkhazia after my visit [to Georgia]. Turkey will continue showing its best efforts for the resolution of the Abkhazia conflict as it has done in previous years.”

“As a friendly and neighboring country, Georgia’s political and economical future, welfare and territorial integrity are elements to which we attach special importance,” Davutoglu said, adding that Turkey has always supported Georgia since the first day it announced its independence.

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