Ankara backs Ukraine’s unity, says Turkish parliamentary speaker
BUCHAREST - Anadolu Agency
Armed pro-Russia militia men march at a polling station before voting during a referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS PhotoTurkey’s parliamentary speaker Cemil Çiçek said on May 10 that Turkey supports a solution for Ukraine that is compatible with international agreements and within the framework of democratic principles.
He said the solution should contribute to preserving the country’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political unity.
Attending the parliamentary meeting of the South-East Europe Cooperation Process in Romania, Çiçek said Turkey rejects Crimea’s annexation by Russia and supports dialogue between Russia and Ukraine.
“We care deeply about the safety and welfare of Crimean Tatars who have experienced great pain throughout history. Therefore, we believe Turkey’s dialogue with Russia is also significant,” he added.
Çiçek noted that the South-East Europe Cooperation Process was the only forum reflecting the free voice and common will of Balkan countries.
“We, as part of the Balkans, expect [the Balkans] to be the heart of Europe,” he said.
Çiçek suggested the forum should have a permanent secretary and said Turkey was ready to host it and meet its expenses for five years.