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Gul to attend 63rd UN General Assembly session

Gul to attend 63rd UN General Assembly session

President Abdullah Gul yesterday traveled to New York to attend 63rd UN General Assembly session. During the assembly, Gul is expected to hold bilateral talks with fellow UN members to promote Turkey's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2009-2010. Speaking to reporters en route to New York, Gul stated that he will highlight the importance of Turkey's European Union membership in his speech on the occasion of new legislative session. Touching on the significance of cooperation between ruling and opposition parties during Turkey's full membership process, Gul said that many radical changes will be done in areas such as education and economy. Pointing to his recent visit to Yerevan, Gul noted that a bilateral meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian can be held in New York. Expressing his hopes for solving the problems between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Gul stated that he will visit to Russia to help solving problems in the Caucasus. He added that trust is very important element to solve the disagreements and that the dialogue is a must to build an atmosphere of trust. Gul yesterday had a meeting with UN Development Program head Kemal Dervis, at Turkish House in New York, with Foreign Minister Ali Babacan also in attendance.

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