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UPDATED: 21:27, November 23, 2006
Turkish ties with OIC countries add weight to its accession to EU: president
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Turkish President Ahmed Necdet Sezer said Thursday that his country's ties with member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) added weight to its accession to the European Union (EU), the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkey's moral, cultural and historical ties with the OIC countries add an important dimension and richness to the integration efforts with the EU, Sezer told a meeting of the OIC Economic and Commercial Cooperation Committee in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul.

Sezer said his country always attaches great importance to the relations with Islamic countries and will continue to support the work of OIC and its committees.

As for the Cyprus issue, the president urged OIC countries to take steps to implement their decisions to end the restrictions imposed on the Turkish Cypriots, the report said.

Only by this way, the OIC will "strengthen its plausibility and respectability in front of the international community," Sezer said.

Turkey has been pressing the 57-member OIC to develop ties with Turkish Cypriot community to ease its international isolation.

About 260 delegates and representatives from 47 member states and 14 international organizations participated in the meeting along with the ministerial participation from 22 countries, Anatolia said.

Source: Xinhua

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