World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that Israel should act with more responsibility over settlements and recently Quds (Jerusalem) in the region in the recent period.
A human rights group on Tueasday dismissed Israel's announcement it agreed to stop issuing tenders for settlement buildings in occupied West Bank until early 2010 as no real freeze.
Israel should openly display its will for peace if it has it, said Davutoglu who held a joint press conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Ankara.
Noting that he had been closely following the efforts of U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, Davutoglu said that Israel should display its peace will for these efforts to yield results.
Anadolu news agency reported, he said, "Israel should act more responsibly especially regarding the settlers and the developments in the East Jerusalem. If there is actually a will for peace, it is high time to show it openly."
"Otherwise, developments which may occur in our region will affect all of us very negatively. This is what we are concerned about. We, as Turkey, are looking at the region with a permanent vision basing on principles, not tactics," said Davutoglu.
He noted that Turkey was determined to exert every effort to turn the region into an area of peace, security and prosperity.
U.S. President Barack Obama urged Israel to end all settlement expansion in line with previous deals in a call Netanyahu did not heed.
Palestinians say they will revive stalled peace talks with Israel if its settlements stopped. World Court ruled Jewish settlements were illegal on occupied Palestinian territories according to international law.
The United States and European Union regard them as obstacles to peace.
Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".