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TURKISH FM-MONTENEGRO -Davutoglu travels to Montenegro to attend SEECP meeting.

ANKARA, Jan 28, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's foreign minister travelled to Montenegro on Friday to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) in Budva city of Montenegro.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gave a news conference prior to his departure for Montenegro.

"SEECP is an important platform to which also Turkey has membership. The platform targets solidifying cooperation and political mechanisms among Balkan countries and boost economic cooperation," Davutoglu told reporters.

Davutoglu said Turkey handed over rotating presidency of the platform to Montenegro last year, underlining that he would have bilateral talks with the foreign ministers of Balkan countries on the sidelines of the meeting.

Davutoglu said he would proceed to Bosnia on Friday evening and meet with Bakir Izzetbegovic, Bosnian member of the Tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and all other leaders.

"Turkey has been closely pursuing every initiative in this country," Davutoglu said and referred to the tripartite mechanism established among Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

"Efforts are underway in Bosnia-Herzegovina to establish the government and there is a momentum on constitutional reforms. I will have initiatives regarding the constitutional reforms which Council of Europe demanded from Bosnia," he said.

Davutoglu said Turkey had been exerting efforts for economic prosperity, stability and peace of Bosnia.

Davutoglu said he would return to Turkey on Saturday evening or Sunday.

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