Turkish Foreign Minister speaks at UN Council on Foreign Relations

Iran Materials 10 February 2007 14:46 (UTC +04:00)

(www.cihannews.com) вЂ" Following his meeting with Un Secretary general Ban Ki Moon Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul delivered a speech at the UN Council on Foreign Relations and answered questions of the numerous audience.

Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code, general situation in Kirkuk and Iraq and Turkey's EU bid were the subjects the viewers asked questions about.

Regarding the Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code banning 'insulting Turkishness', Gul said that even before the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, the government was working on the changes in the article as it was an obstacle in country's reform process.

Evaluating general situation in Iraq Gul said that the success of US forces in the region would be Turkey's success as well. He repeated that north Iraqi city of Kirkuk was a miniature of Iraq with its demographic structure and that the referendum would not bring any solutions but only more problems to the region, reports Trend.

Commenting on Turkey's EU bid, Gul expressed gratitude for US support in the process. He said that the government had met the Copenhagen criteria and would continue to improve standards in the country.

After his meetings in New York Gul and his delegation left for Turkey at 8.30 p.m. local time.