Turkish Press
April 24 2005


Erdogan: I Have The Chief Negotiator's Name In My Heart


ANKARA - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the
Kardak incident in the Aegean is nothing new. ''Let us not pay much
attention to the Kardak issue,'' said Erdogan.

Erdogan attended a reception held by the Turkish parliament's speaker
Bulent Arinc to celebrate the National Sovereignty and Children's
Day.

Erdogan talked with the diplomats of several countries one of which
was the Dutch ambassador Sjoerd Izaak Hendrik Gosses. Erdogan told
Gosses that the end of economic isolation in the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus would bring a lasting solution in the island. ''We
expect the assistance of all friends on this matter. I will make
certain contacts after the new government is established in the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,'' told Erdogan.

Ambassador of Iraq in Ankara Sabah Cemil Umran has informed Erdogan
that efforts are being made to form the cabinet in Iraq. ''Iraqi
prime minister Ibrahim Caferi will soon visit Turkey,'' mentioned
Umran. Erdogan said no specific date had been set for the arrival of
the Iraqi prime minister.

Erdogan met the Polish ambassador Grzegorz Michalski at the
reception. Erdogan conveyed his administration's disappointment with
the decision of the Polish parliament that recognized the so-called
Armenian genocide. ''Our Polish friends should not have taken such a
decision. The Polish people have been tricked by certain groups. A
very small group of people made Poland take such a decision,''
stressed Erdogan.

Asked by journalists about who will become Turkey's chief negotiator
in the European Union process, Erdogan replied that he has the chief
negotiator's name in his heart.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress