TURKISH SECURITY COUNCIL, DISCUSSES ARMENIA, AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ

Anadolu Agency
April 28 2009
Turkey

Ankara, 28 April: In a meeting held on Tuesday [28 April], the
Turkish National Security Council (MGK) stressed that "joint history
of Turkish and Armenian nations should be evaluated with an objective
and scientific approach that is supported by undisputable proofs and
documents and is free of all pre-conceived notions".

The MGK discussed Turkey's would-be additional contributions to the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

In a statement issued after today's meeting, the MGK said that issues
pertaining to Turkey's security were discussed and a will to continue
the fight against terror in democracy and a setting under the rule
of law was stressed.

"We have evaluated our relations with Iraq and discussed in details
the fight against terrorist incidents stemming from north of Iraq. The
issue of Turkey's energy needs was discussed from political, strategic
and diplomatic perspectives. We welcome with pleasure the early
elections that took place in the [self-declared] Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in a peaceful atmosphere," the MGK also said.