(DIP) TURKEY TO KEEP CONTRIBUTING TO IRAQ'S RESTRUCTURING PROCESS, TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER
UN HEADQUARTERS (A.A) - 18.06.2009 - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Turkey would continue to contribute to Iraq's development and restructuring process.
Davutoglu chaired a meeting on Iraq at the United Nations (UN) Security Council in New York, the United States.
Delivering a speech at the meeting, Davutoglu said that UN, the international community, Iraqi public and Iraqi government should all display efforts for the establishment of a permanent peace, security and prosperity in Iraq.
"Despite numerous risks, today, we can still see a light at the end of the tunnel," he said.
Davutoglu said that there had been remarkable democratic developments in Iraq both at local and national level and security improved in the country.
"In spite of these positive developments, Iraq is still at a critical point on the way to become a stable and democratic state," he said.
Davutoglu said that there were prior issues to be solved in the country such as the status of Kirkuk and solution of the problems regarding administrative borders.
"Solution of Kirkuk issue may encourage a national compromise in Iraq," he said.
Noting that Turkey's support to Iraq would continue, Davutoglu said Turkey had been extending a humanitarian and economic support to Iraq for a long time and the bilateral trade volume between the countries improved gradually.
Speaking to foreign reporters following the meeting, Davutoglu reiterated that Turkey and the international community would carry on with their strong support to Iraq.
Davutoglu said that such support aimed at national compromise, economic development and political stability of Iraq.
Commenting on the talks between Israel and Syria as well, Davutoglu said that the two countries held five indirect talks under the mediation of Turkey last year.
"We can start again when both parties are ready. Turkey is ready to contribute to this process which is of great importance in terms of regional stability," he said. (DO-EÖ)