Volkan Bozkır, Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs, arrived in Berlin on 12 August for talks with his German opposite number, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth. Their intensive dialogue focused on the current political situation in Turkey following the latest attacks and the peace process with the Kurdish population. Other important topics discussed were Turkey’s development of closer ties with the EU and the reunification process in Cyprus.
In view of the wave of terrorist violence that Turkey has been experiencing, Minister of State Roth voiced his great concern and reaffirmed the NATO partners’ solidarity in the fight against terrorism. He also advocated continuation of the Turkish Government’s dialogue with the Kurdish population. “Turkey is a vibrant democracy, which absolutely depends on all its ethnic groups coexisting peacefully. It is essential to prevent any further escalation and fresh violence. Lasting stability requires a political settlement, not a military solution,” Roth said after the meeting. He also made it clear that, in the joint fight against the Islamist terrorist organisation ISIS, everything had to be done to resolutely counter the violence.
Roth explicitly expressed his support for the process of continuing to develop closer ties between Turkey and the EU. Germany’s Minister of State once again called for greater commitment in negotiations involving opening chapters 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security). Both ministers were optimistic about the continuation of talks between the Turkish and Greek parts of Cyprus. “Agreement between the two sides is tangibly close,” Roth emphasised. Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister underlined his Government’s willingness to resolutely support the process of Cypriot reunification.