Turkey does not expect inefficient UN conduct on Israel probe

Turkey's foreign minister said that Turkey's demands from Israel were obvious.

Turkey does not expect inefficient UN conduct on Israel probe

Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey's demands from Israel were obvious.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was demanding apology and compensation from Israel regarding an attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and Israel was well-aware of that obvious demand and attitude.

"The Republic of Turkey has the power to protect rights of its own citizens, and therefore, we are expecting Israel to make a clear apology and pay a compensation that satisfies families of the victims," Davutoglu told a press conference in New York, the United States.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish origin, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

In his press conference, Davutoglu also referred to Iraq and said Iraq's normalization was one of the main targets of Turkey's foreign policy.

Davutoglu said the failure in establishment of a new government in Iraq for seven months was a political abnormality, and underlined the importance Turkey attached to formation of a strong Iraqi government which would be in cooperation with Turkey.

"Turkey attaches great importance to Iraq's becoming a respected country in international arena and a peaceful country with its neighbors not only for our national interests but also for regional stability," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu defined the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution that lifted sanctions on Iraq excluding some exceptional circumstances as significant, and hoped they would be beneficial to Iraqi people.

"Thus, Iraq is returning back to international arena, and we can say that a bright future is ahead of Iraq," he said.

"Greeks playing with time"

Also on Cyprus and Middle East, Davutoglu said it would be difficult to get a result out of ongoing Cyprus talks if the two parties did not have a strong will for peace but Turkish Cypriots had an absolute will for a settlement.

However, the Greek Cypriot administration was trying to take its time with negotiations, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said it was not possible to continue talks forever, and also the Middle East peace talks were similar to those in Cyprus.

"The parties should have a will for peace irrespective of how well and how much good will the UN and the United States have," he said.

Davutoglu said he hoped winds of peace would blow in Cyprus and Middle East in 2011.

Another topic Davutoglu talked about was Turkey's non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in 2009-2010 period.

Davutoglu said Turkey had fulfilled its international responsibilities in the best way in those two years, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other UN executives
thanked Turkey for its contributions to global peace during its non-permanent membership.

Minister Davutoglu enumerated other contributions of Turkey to the UN as the country's becoming the venue of the Fourth Conference of Least Developed Countries in May 2011 as well as becoming the regional headquarters of the UN Population Fund.

"We want to make Istanbul a center of international peace initiatives, and the UN has a positive approach in principle," he said.

Davutoglu and Ban discussed ongoing Cyprus negotiations, Iran's nuclear program controversy, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, and Middle East during their meeting.

"UN probe on Israel"

The Turkish foreign minister said he expressed Turkey's expectation that a UN commission investigating the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla should work more efficiently.

On the sidelines of his visit to New York, Davutoglu met Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari of Iraq.

Davutoglu said he was planning to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina in coming months, and he exchanged views with Zebari on bilateral relations.

Zebari thanked Turkey for its positive and constructive contributions, and reaffirmed that Iraq was determined to start working to improve its relations with Turkey once a new government was formed.

Davutoglu later left New York for Turkey.


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