Turkish FM seeks Caribbean support for UNSC bid

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sought Caribbean support Monday for Turkey's bid to become a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council for the term 2015-2016.

Davutoglu met top officials from the Caribbean countries during his attendance in the inter-sessional summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

An economic partnership deal was announced between Turkey and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Davutoglu's joint press conference with host Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, Ralph Gonsalves.

"Turkey is a country with considerable influence in international developments; we and other Caribbean countries are aware of this," Gonsalves said.

He added that his country previously supported Turkey's membership application to the U.N. Security Council, and that Turkey is a significant candidate for the new term.

Davutoglu ascertained that the confidence of Caribbean countries in Turkey is due to Turkey's principled foreign policy.

CARICOM is an organization comprising of 15 Caribbean nations whose aim is to foster economic integration and cooperation among its members.

Davutoglu also commented on the developments in Crimea and urged once more for the postponement of a referendum, scheduled for Sunday, to decide the peninsula's future with Ukraine.

"We are in a deep struggle for maintaining a de-escalation of tension and finding a solution to the conflict by preserving the territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said.

Tension in Crimea remains high as pro-Russian groups are preparing for a referendum to decide whether or not join Russia. Both Ukraine and the West called the referendum "illegal."

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