Ankara, 28 October 2009 - Well ahead of the commencement of Austria’s chairmanship of the UN Security Council in November, panel discussions on the convergence of the foreign policy of the EU and Turkey based on their voting behaviour at the United Nations were held on 27 and 28 October at the Austrian Embassy in Ankara and at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. Underlying the position papers delivered by the Austrian political scientist Paul Luif was his study on How Common is the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union? Where Does Turkey Fit in?, published jointly with the Turkish think tank TEXEV in the spring of 2009.
The highlights of Austria’s membership of the United Nations and Vienna’s role as one of the UN’s official seats were also presented at the events.
In 2009-2010, Austria and Turkey will represent the Western European group of states as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, which, consequently, will entail more intensive cooperation in matters of foreign policy.
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