Anatolia news agency, Turkey
Sept 7 2008



FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS EU WELCOMES TURKISH PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO
ARMENIA


Avignon, 7 September: EU term president France's Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said on Saturday [6 September] that Turkish President
Abdullah Gul's visiting Yerevan (for Armenia-Turkey soccer game) was
important in the aspect of re-establishing the contact between the two
countries.

Speaking to reporters after an informal meeting of EU foreign
ministers in France, Kouchner said that the visit of Gul and Turkish
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan to Yerevan should be considered beyond a
soccer match. Kouchner added that EU welcomed the visit.

Kouchner also said that the crisis in Caucasus was high on the agenda
of EU foreign ministers meeting, adding that Babacan briefed the
participants about Turkey's Caucasus Stability Pact proposal.