mercredi 20 février 2013

Mauvaise nouvelle pour Athènes : la coopération stratégique entre la Serbie et la Turquie se poursuit

Turkey calls Serbia strategic partner in region

Details Published on Saturday, 02 February 2013 04:55 Written by BC-Stuff

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that Turkey regarded Serbia as a strategic partner in the international arena, during a press conference he and his Serbian counterpart, Ivan Mrkic, held in Belgrade on Friday.

Davutoğlu stated that the relationship between the two countries contributed to regional stability, adding that Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic's visit to Turkey planned for next week was an indication that official talks between Turkey and Serbia would continue. Davutoğlu also recalled that Serbian President and Prime Minister Ivica Dacic paid visits to Turkey in the past.

Highlighting that both countries had a strong political will, which is required to enhance economic cooperation, Davutoğlu said Nikolic was scheduled to meet with Turkish business circles during his visit to Turkey.

Davutoğlu noted the bilateral trade volume between the two countries as $550 million, adding that this figure could go up to $1 billion over the next few years. He further highlighted the timing of the improvement of economic cooperation, which was of great importance as it came during the economic crisis in Europe.

The Turkish foreign minister, noting that Turkey supported the negotiation process between the Prishtine and Belgrade administrations, said the country was ready to contribute to this process in every way possible. Davutoğlu also mentioned the trilateral Bosnian-Serbian-Turkish mechanism, which he said Turkey planned to continue supporting. He acknowledged that Turkey and Serbia shared a common vision in the Balkans and Southeastern Europe and suggested that historical ties should be more important for the countries of the region and people should leave their prejudices aside.

Speaking at the press conference in Serbia, Mrkic talked about Nikolic's visit to Turkey next week, stating, "This visit will be an indication of the friendship between the two countries."

Davutoğlu also had talks with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic and State Minister Sulejman Ugljanin.

After participating in midday prayers at the historic Bajrakli Mosque, Davutoğlu attended a lunch given in his honor by Mrkic.

Meanwhile, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will arrive in Turkey on Monday as part of an official two-day visit at the invitation of President Abdullah Gül, the President's Office announced on Friday.

The statement by Gül's office said Nikolic's visit will be the sixth presidential visit between the two countries in the past five years. The Turkish president last visited Serbia when he participated in a trilateral Bosnian-Serbian-Turkish summit in Karadjordjevo in April 2011, while Nikolic came to İstanbul in June of last year to attend a summit organized by the Organization for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) where he privately met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss regional political and economic cooperation.

The statement went on to say that officials will review bilateral relations between the two countries with a view to maintaining peace, stability and security in the Balkans. The officials will also exchange views on current regional and international affairs.

The statement described the visit of the Serbian president as a "new phase" of intense relations between Turkey and Serbia that has accelerated in recent years and has been of extraordinary benefit to regional peace and security. It added that Nikolic's visit will help foster greater cooperation opportunities between the two nations.

The last presidential visit from Serbia to Turkey was in 2007 by then-Serbian President Boris Tadic, which was then followed by a visit by President Gül in October 2009.
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2/7/2013 12:41:00 PM
Nikolic: Serbia Turkey's economic bridge to Europe

BELGRADE – Serbia can be Turkey's economic bridge to the Russian Federation and Western Europe, which makes the potentials of the two countries' business cooperation almost limitless, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic stated at the end of his first official visit to Turkey.
In an interview for the Turkish national television, Nikolic stated that the former Turkish Empire spread across Serbia to the west and now Turkey can achieve the same goal in economic terms in the same way.

Serbia can be a great bridge between the EU and other countries and an exceptional bridge between the Russian Federation and other countries, and Serbia's agreement with Russia is a basis for many individuals to create additional capital in Turkey, for many Serbian citizens to get jobs and for the Turkish budget to be full enough to resolve social problems of Turkish citizens, Nikolic said.

He recalled that Serbia can export almost 80 percent of its goods to Russia tax free, it just needs to produce it and for that, it needs to cooperate with other countries.Capital investments in Serbia would be a mode of short-term cooperation, while long-term cooperation would imply construction of industrial facilities and factories which would export goods to the Russian Federation and that would set up strongest bilateral ties, Nikolic said.

Stating that there is a lot of room for enhancement of political cooperation between Serbia and Turkey, Nikolic said that Serbia can achieve the role of a factor of peace and stability in the Balkans only with extensive cooperation with Turkey and its influence in the region is increasing.
The only problem in the relations between the two countries lies in the fact that Turkey has recognised Kosovo's independence, Nikolic said and added that Serbia is now cooperating with countries whose view of the Kosovo issue differs from its own.

Exchange between Serbia and Turkey will soon reach the figure of EUR 1 billion and this will be achieved without EU membership, as shows that the economies of EU hopefuls can develop outside the frames of the EU, Nikolic said.
“Serbia was a truthful partner of many poor countries in the Non-Aligned Movement. In the meantime, those countries experienced a steep rise and development and now they are helping Serbia rise as well, but we will never renounce the EU and we will fulfil all the conditions acceptable for a sovereign country,” Nikolic said.

Reflecting on the problems Serbia and Turkey are facing on their EU paths, Nikolic said that unlike Turkey which has simply been waiting too long for the EU to grant its accession, Serbia fears that it will be given green light for accession only on condition that it recognises an independent Kosovo.
“In this case, we would stop discussing membership with the EU,” Nikolic said and underscored that when it comes to regulations and organisation in the country, Serbia is in a sense already a part of the EU.
“We have adopted many laws and regulations which turned Serbia into a just and fair country with equal rights and obligations, and a safe and stable state which attracts foreign investors,” Nikolic said and added that in this sense, the country is already in the EU, and whether it would become a member formally is no longer up to Serbia.

Setting conditions for Serbia to recognise Kosovo's independence would be a sign that the EU does not want Serbia in its lines, Nikolic said and added that this is why Serbia has been working on rebuilding its old friendships at an accelerated pace since the constitution of the new government.
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