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(DIP) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY ON DEVELOPMENTS IN YEMEN AND OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN.

ANKARA, Jun 19, 2009 (TUR) -- Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that Turkey felt sad over the recent acts of violence in Yemen which targeted the political stability in the country.

Releasing a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Turkey desired such acts to end as soon as possible. "Yemen's stability is of great importance for the peace and stability of the whole region," the statement said.

The ministry's statement also said that Turkey supported the stability, national unity and territorial integrity of Yemen.

On the other hand, Burak Ozugergin, spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, confirmed on Thursday that NATO AWACS aircrafts would use the Konya Air Base within the framework of the operations carried out in Afghanistan.

Commenting on several news published in German newspapers, Ozugergin said that NATO officials asked for Turkey's permission to use the air base in the central Anatolian province of Konya.

"It is appropriate for AWACS aircrafts to use the Konya Air Base for a specific period of time within the scope of Turkey's comprehensive contributions to the ISAF operation," Ozugergin said.

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