Turkey to present roadmap for Kyrgyz stability
A Turkish delegation is visiting Kyrgyzstan this week to review recent developments there as well as to present an action plan to maintain stability in the strife-torn Central Asian country. The delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Undersecretary Hakki Akil, is in Kyrgyzstan from Sunday through Thursday, and will visit the capital Bishkek as well as the southern cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad, where ethnic clashes and riots last month killed hundreds. The delegation and Kyrgyz officials will discuss issues of bilateral cooperation, including the action plan meant to bolster the ethnically split former Soviet republic's efforts to maintain stability during its fragile period of transition. When Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kazakhstan in June, he said Turkey and Kazakhstan had agreed on a joint plan to be implemented following a June 27 referendum. "This agreement came following talks on what could be done for Kyrgyzstan in the areas of domestic politics, diplomacy, economy and security," he said.