JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF TRILATERAL MEETING OF FMS OF AZERBAIJAN. GEORGIA & TURKEY

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
March 28 2013

JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF THE SECOND TRILATERAL MEETING OF THE MINISTERS OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA AND THE REPUBLIC
OF TURKEY, 28 MARCH 2013, BATUMI

Ankara

The following information was released by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Turkey:

On March 28, 2013, the Second Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers
of Foreign Affairs was held in Batumi, hosted by H.E. Mrs. Maia
Panjikidze, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and with
participation of H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, the Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and H.E. Mr. Ahmet
DavutoÃ~DŸlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of Turkey.

The Ministers,

Underlined the importance of the new format of regional cooperation,
laid out in the Joint Declaration, signed during the first trilateral
meeting, in Trabzon, Turkey on June 8, 2012, as an important platform
for both political dialogue and implementation of specific trilateral
projects;

Reiterated their firm support for each others' sovereignty and
territorial integrity and underlined the importance of earliest
peaceful settlement of the conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh
region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the conflict over Abkhazia,
Georgia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia, on the basis of
respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability
of the internationally recognized borders of the States. Herewith,
underscored the necessity of safe and dignified return of the refugees
and internally displaced persons to their places of origin;

Underlined, that practical cooperation and concrete trilateral projects
in different fields of activity could become a strong basis for deeper
regional integration and political consolidation;

In implementation of the provision of the Trabzon Declaration, approved
the Trilateral Sectoral Cooperation Action Plan for 2013-2015, which
determines concrete actions and cooperation plans in all major fields
of mutual interest and new mechanisms and dimensions of trilateral
cooperation;

Underlined the need for strengthening economic and business
ties among the sides and welcomed the initiation of the third
Azerbaijani-Georgian-Turkish business forum (TAG-BF) in May 2013,
in Qabala, Azerbaijan;

Noted the importance of the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars
(BTK) Railway Project as an example of successful trilateral
cooperation, which will promote the economic development of the three
countries and will present the region a new dimension of international
importance, becoming a key component of the transport corridor,
connecting Europe and Asia.

Once again underscored the necessity of timely conclusion of
construction works, essential to put into service this railway as a
"central route", the shortest and the most effective route for reverse
transit of the ISAF forces and cargoes from Afghanistan in 2014. In
this regard, welcomed the decision taken at the 5th Meeting of the
Trilateral Ministerial Coordination Council of BTK Railway Project
held in Istanbul on 1 March 2013.

Reaffirmed the importance of the successful implementation of the
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Crude Oil Pipeline Project, the Baku-Tbilisi-
Erzurum (BTE) Natural Gas Pipeline Project and the initiation of
new joint projects for the transportation of energy resources to
international markets;

Expressed their readiness to study the perspectives of the development
of the energy transit corridor related projects, and the utilization
of alternative and renewable energy resources;

Emphasized the importance of the exchange of experience on
environmental issues and reviewed new initiatives of trilateral
cooperation;

Underscored the importance of development of cooperation in the
humanitarian sphere, including culture, education, health care,
youth exchange, tourism and sports, which will further expand
people-to-people contacts between the countries and help to promote
the region on the international level and expressed readiness to
initiate and promote joint projects and events in these spheres;

Underlined the importance of the adoption of the Trilateral Sectoral
Cooperation Action Plan for 2013-2015, and emphasized the coordinating
role of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in its implementation,
therefore encouraged relevant Ministries and Agencies to enhance
trilateral cooperation to ensure practical implementation of the
precise provisions of the action plan and take efforts towards its
further fulfillment;

Stressed the necessity of regular meetings in this trilateral format
with a view to continuing and enhancing political dialogue on issues
of regional cooperation and of global importance, and coordination
of efforts for consolidation of positions within international
organizations;

Agreed to hold the next Session of the Trilateral Meeting of Ministers
of Foreign Affairs in the second half of 2013 in Azerbaijan.

Attachment: Trilateral Sectoral Cooperation Action Plan for 2013-2015.

H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov

the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

H.E. Mrs. Maia Panjikidze

the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

H.E. Mr. Ahmet DavutoÃ~DŸlu

the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress