Havel Visits Turkey
Czech President Vaclav Havel said during his three-day visit
October 10-12 to Turkey that he is ready to act as a mediary between
Cypriot Turks and Greeks. Havel said he hopes there is still a chance to
find a democratic, mutually acceptable resolution of the conflict.
At Bilhent University in Ankara, where Havel received an honorary
doctorate, he praised Turkey as a place of cohabitation of Islamic and
Western cultures. The last day of the visit Havel discussed issues of
human rights with a group of intellectuals, among them Kurdish activist
Before leaving home Havel also met with the Turkish enterpreneurs
at the Czech-Turkish Trade Forum and unveiled a memorial plaque for
Alexander Dubcek, once the Czechoslovak ambassador to Turkey.
Zeman in UK for One-Day Visit
Prime Minister Miloç Zeman met British Prime Minister Tony Blair
October 11 during his one-day visit in the UK. The meeting, which Czech
Foreign Minister Jan Kavan also attended, dealt with bilateral and
Blair declared his support for enlarging the European Union by the
year 2004, Zeman expressed his hope that British investments in Czech
industry will increase in the next years.
In particular, the Czech energy sector was discussed. As to the
ongoing Austrian protests against the Czech Temelin nuclear power plant,
Zeman said the Czech Republic is paying the price for its decision to
join the EU sanctions against Austria when the ultra-nationalist Joerg
Haider's FPO party entered the Austrian government.
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