TURKISH PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES TURKISH NATION

Anadolu Agency
April 30 2009
Turkey

ANKARA (A.A) - 30.04.2009 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said on Thursday that it was not possible for the Republic
of Turkey to be included in an initiative which might harm Azerbaijan
and Azerbaijani government.

In a televised address to the nation, Erdogan said that efforts for
the normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia aimed to
settle peace, confidence and stability in the region.

In regard to U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Turkey, Erdogan
said that Turkey once again attracted great attention of the world
due to the visit.

U.S. President Obama made a good impression on Turkish nation and
the world due to his messages in favor of peace and compromise during
his visit to Turkey, he said.

Erdogan said that remarks (of Obama) regarding the 1915 incidents
were unacceptable and historians should deal with this matter.

Erdogan said regarding the Cyprus issue that he believed that Turkish
Cypriot party's efforts for restoring peace in the island would also
carry on in the following period and negotiations launched by Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat would
be concluded successfully.

Premier Erdogan recalled that he also paid a visit to the British
capital of London for a G-20 summit.

A sound international cooperation was of great importance to fight
against global economic crisis and G-20 countries gathered to make
a plan to weather economic crisis, he said.

Turkey made great contributions to the G-20 summit with its views
and proposals, he said.

In regard to the Turkish economy, Erdogan said Turkey was one of the
countries which were least affected by the global economic crisis.

Turkish government urgently took several important steps to minimize
negative impacts of global economic crisis on Turkish people and
Turkish economy was firmly standing on its feet, he added. (EO-AO)