Will collaboration on petroleum continue with Northern Iraq?
"As Turkey, we can establish any form of relationship with Northern Iraq within the Iraqi constitution. The steps we are taking at present are being done so through this framework. I have shared this with both Obama and Kerry. I said, 'Just how you have interests in Iraq, in the same manner, we also have mutual interests."
The Prime Minister of the Central Administration in Iraq Maliki has sent out a series of positive signals regarding Turkey. Will relations normalize?
"Not until the blockade is completely lifted."
When will the compensation (for Mavi Marmara victims) be determined?
"This is currently being worked on. Our Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç is chairing our committee. They were scheduled to arrive on April 12th, however due to Mr. Bülent's trip to Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, the arrival of the delegation was postponed to April 22nd.
YET ANOTHER PROJECT BEFALLS TİKA
Prime Minister Erdoğan posed for a souvenir photo with reporters in front of the Tonyukuk Monument in Mongolia. When asked whether Turkey would be taking on the task of renovating the Monument which has seen better days, Erdoğan responded by stating, "We have given the order to the Prime Ministry-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA). The Ministry of Culture will be implementing the project through TİKA. We want to surround the area housing the monument with a cement fence and enclose it in order to transform the site into a type of museum."
This is a translation of an article originally written by Okan Müderrisoğlu.
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