Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja takes part in the Second Conference on Mediation being held in Istanbul on 11–12 April, 2013, at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
The two-day mediation conference focuses on the current situations in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and on the Middle East peace process. This conference brings together a wide range of mediation actors from different states, the UN, regional organisations, non-governmental organisations and the academia.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja will address the High-level session of the conference on Friday, 12 April. In addition to Foreign Minister Tuomioja, the participants on the High-level session are Foreign Minister Tuomioja, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu of Turkey, President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremić and Deputy Foreign Minister Jamal Mohamed Barrow of Somalia.
In the margins of the conference, Foreign Minister Tuomioja will have bilateral talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu. The agenda includes, among other topics, the situation in Syria and the Somali peace process.
During his visit to Istanbul, Foreign Minister Tuomioja will also meet Nobel laureate, author Orhan Pamuk.
In autumn 2010, in the margins of the UN General Assembly, Finland and Turkey founded the Friends of Mediation group, which currently comprises 36 countries, seven regional organisations and the United Nations.
This is the second conference on mediation organised by Turkey. Foreign Minister Tuomioja also participated in the First Conference on Mediation held in Istanbul, which took place in February 2012.
Additional information: Katja Pehrman, Chief of Cabinet, tel. +358 295 351 539, and Katri Viinikka, Head of the Unit for UN and General Global Affairs, tel. +358 295 351 244