Turkish FM asks Germany, Britain to encourage Greeks for Cyprus talks

Türkiye Materials 27 September 2008 13:18 (UTC +04:00)

The Turkish foreign minister had talks with British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Babacan asked his counterparts to encourage the Greek Cypriots for the settlement of Cyprus problem, reported Worldbulletin.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan had a trilateral meeting with his Armenian counterpart and Azerbaijani counterpart in New York on Friday.

Babacan, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov discussed possible steps that could be taken in economy, culture, politics, energy, transportation, infrastructural projects and communication.

In the meeting, the tree foreign ministers expressed their view that solution of problems could bring a new momentum to the region.

Babacan is actually in New York for the 63rd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Babacan told Miliband that Turkey was not satisfied with the speed of its European Union (EU) accession negotiations, and that Turkey's goal was full membership.

The Turkish foreign ministers also participated in the annual coordination meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the meeting of Friends of Pakistan Group at the UN headquarters.

On Thursday, Babacan had talks with foreign ministers of Burundi, Gabon, Tuvalu, Finland, Belgium, Hungary, Malta, Jordan and Tunisia.