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Russia, Georgia green light Turkey-sponsored Caucasian union
August 15, 2008, 5:41 am
Filed under: Russia, South Caucasus, The Silk Road, Turkey | Tags: , , , ,
From the Hurriyet


Russia and Georgia have given the green light to Turkey’s proposal for a Caucasus alliance, as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan met Thursday Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili a day after his meetings with the Russian president and prime minister. 
Russia, Georgia green light Turkey-sponsored Caucasian unionErdogan, accompanied by Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, arrived in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to meet Saakashvili over the clashes in South Ossetia and Turkey’s proposal for a Caucasian stability forum.

Turkey wants to secure peace, and to form a cooperation platform which would serve to develop common stability in the region, Erdogan told a joint press conference with Saakashivili.

“We asked Georgia to participate in this platform. Our proposal for was also welcomed by Russia,” he added.

Erdogan also said Turkey supports Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding he would visit Azerbaijan to discuss the security of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

Erdogan and the accompanying delegation later left Tbilisi for Turkey.


The Turkish prime minister on Wednesday met with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow where he underlined the “large importance” of regional solidarity.


Turkish and Russian foreign ministers would speed up efforts to develop the Stability and Cooperation Platform in the Caucasus suggested by Turkey, Erdogan said in Russia, adding Turkey and Russiaagreed to work together to develop the platform.

“We want it to conduce to an economic cooperation… We want it to lead to cooperation on regional peace and security,” he said.

“We also want this establishment to assume crisis management and seek solution in case of a problem in the region,” he added. Erdogan said the foreign ministers of the two countries would launch talks and develop the idea.

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