(Pressemitteilung), Austria
Aug 31 2008

Turkey tries to promote peace in Caucasus region

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - Turkey has proposed forming a regional
cooperation group in a bid to stabilize the Caucasus region in the
aftermath of the war between Russia and Georgia.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan says the proposed group would
include Turkey and four nearby Caucasia nations: Russia, Georgia,
Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Babacan gave details about the proposal during an official visit to
Turkey on Sunday by Georgian Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili. She
responded by saying that Georgia would only consider joining such a
group after Russian forces leave his country.

Babacan's proposal was Turkey's latest effort to promote peace between
Georgia and Russia since they fought a war this month over Georgia's
separatist republic of South Ossetia.