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It is time for the US to acknowledge the tide of history and finally recognize Palestine’s statehood following a UN vote, President Gül says

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas review a guard of honor during an official welcoming ceremony in Ankara. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Turkish President Abdullah Gül (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas review a guard of honor during an official welcoming ceremony in Ankara. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Rresident Abdullah Gül has called on countries who opposed the upgrade of Palestine’s status at the U.N. General Assembly to review their positions, in an explicit reference to the United States, one of nine countries who voted against Palestine’s non-member state position during the U.N. vote. Gül’s call came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid his first visit abroad to Turkey following the historic U.N. vote.

“We hope that those who abstained will change their current positions in a short time and lend their support to Palestine. I have no doubt that those countries who voted against [upgrading Palestine’s status] will review their decisions and understand that they cannot maintain their position continuously,” Gül told reporters during a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He particularly stressed the large majority that had voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the U.N. from “observer entity” to “non-member state.”

Abbas paid his first trip abroad to Ankara since the U.N. General Assembly voted on Nov. 29 to grant Palestine non-member observer status, with 138 countries in the 193-member assembly voting in favor of Palestine, 41 abstaining, five failing to participate, and nine – including the United States, Israel, Canada and a few Pacific island nations – opposing the proposal.

Hours after he arrived in Ankara Dec. 10, Abbas addressed the Turkish Parliament. Expressing his gratitude for Turkey’s support in U.N. vote, Abbas told Turkish lawmakers: “I will not forget Dec. 10, 2012, and I’m sure that the Palestinian people will remember this historic day. I’m paying my first official visit to Turkey after being recognized as a state in the U.N. I’m grateful for your economic, diplomatic and political support.”

Abbas said they could consider applying to the International Criminal Court against Israel if the Israeli government continued with its illegal settlement policies.

“This recent settlement plan is aimed at dividing the West Bank into two parts, which is a hostile move.
We have made clear that this is our red line,” Abbas said, referring to Israel’s plans to build new settlements in a highly contentious strip of the Palestinian-controlled West Bank near Jerusalem, announced just one day after the U.N. vote. Gül also denounced Israel’s new settlement plans in West Bank and urged it to learn a lesson from the vote. Israel should see how it has become isolated and how it has become a burden to its allies, he said, in a veiled reference to the U.S.’s position in the vote. Gül claimed Israel’s “dangerous move” of settlement plans aimed to divide the West Bank into two parts.

“Eastern Jerusalem will eventually be the capital of the Palestinian state and Israel will withdraw to 1967 borders. It’s obvious that Israel’s further efforts and endeavors aiming beyond [these principles] do not favor itself. I once again note that Israel’s settlement policy is unacceptable and playing with fire,” Gül said.


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turkic voice

12/12/2012 11:05:49 PM

The USA is being presented all these opportunities to lift its states back up to the past greatness it held, but it keeps unfortunately knocking them all back. But I think this once great nation is starting to what back its old prestige of past rather than the negative one of present.

ilker avni

12/12/2012 9:29:33 PM

@ Rich Bind I find your comment unbeliveable.How do you expect anyone to except they lands being stolen at the point of a gun, to except the robber as legitimate,when they ressit they are branded terroists by Israel.Classic example the new 3000 settlements in the West bank.The World is not as stupid as the israelis take them for.If Israel wants peace,it should go back to 1967 borders,a right of return to the Pals to they homes,instead of building on Pals lands for they African jewish mirgrants.


12/12/2012 9:23:02 PM

One would think there should be no need for such a call since it was USA for decades "negotating" and standing up for a two-state solution.

Arnold Yesovitch

12/12/2012 9:04:13 PM

Is this a joke or what ? I was born in 1948 but I know for a fact that on November 30 1947 the United Nations declared a State of Israel AND ,,,,, I repeat AND a State of Palestine. On designated borders. It was the USA that pushed for a fought for both States to be recognized. So what happened that we are back here again ?


12/12/2012 9:03:34 PM

Well, God bless your endeavors Mr President, Let's hope that (Statehood) for all Nations, Just, Until not consider you (Mr President), As a hypocrite person, And why not? If we believe in UN Charter, And Islamic Sharia, "None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself" The Prophet Muhammad.

mara mcglothin

12/12/2012 5:24:20 PM

I hear you RICH

Agnes Smith

12/12/2012 1:36:12 PM

Wasted breath! Mr President lets free our journalists and students before waving the finger to others. Maybe the UN should also recognize this and vote. We are terrrorists of our own nationals held for 2 years without trial. They had no bombs just words, opinions and eggs.

Brian Irlanda

12/12/2012 12:42:08 PM

We are morally obliged to recognise Palestine.

Mordechai Vanunu

12/12/2012 10:56:30 AM

This day will come sooner as expected

Morse Fan

12/12/2012 9:25:42 AM

Won't happen. But if President Gul actually wants to help Palestine, Turkey could shepherd the Palestinians to the negotiating table and be their U.S. If Turkey got serious about it, there could possibly be a true, functioning Palestinian state in ten years. Turkey can nag the U.S. to recognize an entity that doesn't exist and call Israel a "terrorist state," or do what the Palestinians need and ach. Depends on what kind of country you want to be.
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