Turkey wants Palestine to become full member of UN, Turkish FM says
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. AA Photo
Turkey wants to see the Palestinian flag wave outside the United Nations as a full member, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said today during the fifth meeting of the Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum 2012 in Istanbul, daily Hürriyet has reported.
"Our responsibility for Palestinian people has not ended yet," Davutoğlu said. "We will keep on working to make Palestine attain the position it deserves on an international platform."
It is time to harshly react to Israel's policies, which have damaged the peace process, Davutoğlu said.
Turkey: Syrian regime resembles armed militia
ISTANBUL - The Associated Press
Turkey’s foreign minister says the Syrian regime has degenerated into an "armed militia" that resorts to brutality in an attempt to stay in power.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spoke Saturday at an Istanbul meeting attended by Arab foreign ministers who expressed opposition to the Syrian government. The ministers are also expressing support to the Palestinians after the United Nations endorsed an independent state for them.
Davutoğlu and other delegates at the one-day conference say the Syrian regime is a threat not only to its people but also to peace and security in the region.
The civil war has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians to flee the country, and many more are internally displaced. Fighting has also spilled into Turkey and other neighboring countries.