|Turkey to build highway through Sandak|
|24 July 2009 | 10:16 -> 14:39 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta, Tanjug|
|BELGRADE — Serbian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Vuk Jeremić and Ahmet Davatoglu have agreed that Turkey will invest in the construction of a new highway through Sandak.
Jeremić told a joint press conference after Davutoglus meeting with Labor Minister Rasim Ljajić and Minister Without Portfolio Sulejman Uglajnin that Sandaks development was a priority not only for Serbia, but Turkey too.
He said that this was one of the most historic days in relations between Serbia and Turkey, and that it was the first time that the two countries foreign ministers had visited Sandak together.
We discussed our vision of Sandak, and of the Western Balkans. We discussed economic, infrastructural and strategic projects in Sandak. Together well work on a highway that crosses Sandak, and for this well require unity among people, political parties, unity between states, stressed the Serbian foreign minister.
Davutoglu said that Sandak was a green light for further cooperation between Serbia and Turkey.
„Im sure that by working together, Sandak can prosper. It will be Serbias marvelous heritage and star, he said.
Davutoglus visit to the region is interesting in that it brought recently sworn political enemies in Novi Pazar to the same table for talks.
The men in question are Sandak Democratic Party leader Rasim Ljajić and the leader of the Coalition of Bosniaks for a European Sandak, Sulejman Ugljanin.
Ljajić told B92, however, that the Turkish minister had not come to mediate between the two political leaders in Sandak.
Turkey is not mediating in any talks. We are responsible people, we have a responsibility to the people of Sandak. It is very important to develop a strategic partnership between Turkey and Serbia, and Sandak can benefit from this cooperation through Turkish investments. Our obligation is to ensure political stability, Ljajić said.
Before making his visit to Sandak, Davatoglu said that there were unbreakable ties between Turkey and Serbia that could be further strengthened through economic cooperation.
„There is large population from the Balkans in Turkey. We have more Bosniaks than Bosnia, more Albanians even. We have quite a few migrants from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia. In Turkey, we look on all these cultural groups as a bridge between ourselves and their states. In that sense, we say were neighbors, as whatever happens in our region, thats our common destiny, said the minister.