Southeast Europe should not be stuck to painful past: parliament speaker

08:26, June 08, 2010      

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Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said Monday that southeast Europe should not be trapped in the painful past of conflicts and hostilities, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

Sahin made the remarks in an opening speech of the 8th Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) parliament speakers ' conference held in the southern Turkish province of Antalya by the Mediterranean Sea.

Sahin referred to southeast Europe as a region of great significance to Turkey, saying "even though we do not have a geographical border with southeast Europe, we accept ourselves as the neighbor of all the countries in this region."

According to Sahin, stability of the Balkans, which affects peace and security of Europe, was a foreign policy of first priority for Turkey.


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