Turkey eager for solution of problems with Greece - Deputy PM
Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said on Monday that Turkey wanted to resolve problems with Greece through dialogue, Anadolu Agency reported.
Cicek, also the government spokesman, told reporters after Council of Ministers meeting that, "Turkey does not want any problems with its neighbors. Turkey pursues 'zero problem' policy in relations with its neighbors. Others make use of tensions and conflicts between the two parties."
"Greece is our neighbor. Actually, we have some problems. Turkey is eager to resolve them through dialogue. Turkey exerts intensive efforts for the solution of problems," Cicek said.
Cicek said executives of Central Bank gave information to ministers about the activities of the Central Bank and the monetary policies. "According the the data released recently, economic activities continued to recover. This is really important for Turkey. We are pleased to say that Turkey is one of the countries which was affected the least from this crisis."
Commenting on employment, Cicek said, "the government focuses on this issue. It is clear that figures showing employment rate is not in the desired level. According to today's assessments, inflation will be in the downward trend and core inflation indicators continue in harmony with medium term targets."
Cicek said level of talks carried out with the EU was also discussed at the meeting, "enactment of law on pursuing and inspection of state supports was important for opening chapter heading on competition" he said.
"Related works will be concluded in October. We wish that chapter heading on 'competition' will be opened during rotating presidency of Belgium."
Cicek described October as a month when important steps have been made on talks carried out with the EU, noting that domestic and external developments were assessed.