TURKEY'S ERDOGAN AWARDED FOR PEACE EFFORTS IN SPAIN

Worldbulletin.net
Feb 23 2010
Turkey

Turkey's prime minister was presented on Monday with an award due to
his remarkable efforts to launch the Alliance of Civilizations
initiative.

Turkey's prime minister was presented on Monday with an award due
to his remarkable efforts to launch the Alliance of Civilizations
initiative.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Seville NODO
Foundation's award from Seville's Mayor Alfredo Sanchez Menteseirin
during a ceremony held in Seville, Spain.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Menteseirin said Erdogan had taken
important steps aiming at development of mutual dialogue between
nations and solution of international and regional matters.

Erdogan said in his part that he was not hopeless about the future
of the world.

Pointing to Turkey and Spain's call for peace, compromise and dialogue,
Erdogan said, "Turkey, which has a significant role in its region,
believes that the optimistic and promising atmosphere that will
be formed with the spread of peace and prosperity will embrace all
the world".

Commenting on Cyprus issue during his speech, Erdogan said the Turkish
Cypriot party desired to reach a comprehensive solution based on
political equality as soon as possible.

"Turkey works for a fair and lasting solution," he said.

Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken important steps aiming at the
normalization of its relations with Armenia, adding it would continue
to display efforts to improve the process.