‘Date Unlcear’ For Ambassadors Return, Says Turkey

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin said on Thursday that a date had not been set yet regarding the return of Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan to Washington.  

Ozugergin made the remarks during a press conference in Ankara where he answered a host of questions, running the gamut of issues from the Armenia-Turkey protocols to Serbia’s formal apology for massacres committed against Bosnians.   

When asked who would represent Turkey in the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington,  Ozugergin said that whether Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan would go to the US or not for the summit was not clear yet.

Asked whether Armenia demanded suspension or cancellation of the protocols, Ozugergin said that a formal demand had not been made. He added that on the other hand, it was wrong to claim that Turkey was not interested in the Nagorno- Karabakh issue. Ozugergin said that as long as Upper Karabakh issue was not solved, a solution would not be found to the problems in the region.

Regarding Direct Trade Regulation in Cyprus, Ozugergin said that EU committed to end isolations on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus following the Annan Plan referendum in 2004, however, EU had not still kept this promise, and Direct Trade Regulation had not been put into practice yet.

Ozugergin noted that the process began to debate Direct Trade Regulation at EP within the scope of Lisbon Treaty, adding that EU’s fulfilling its commitments would increase its credibility.

Regarding Turkey’s stance about a sanction on Iran regarding its nuclear agenda, Ozugergin said that Turkey’s stance about prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons and use of nuclear energy for peaceful means was clear.

He added that exerting efforts for solution was still Turkey’s priority.

Assessing the decision of Serbian Parliament about Srebrenica, Ozugergin reminded that on March 30, Serbian Parliament adopted a decision which condemned the crime committed in Srebrenica in July, 1995.

Ozugergin said that Turkey considered this development as an important step for a consensus between peoples of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


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