Turkey says region can not take another Israel war after Gaza

Turkish President Gul said "the region cannot take another war anymore," over possible Israel attacks in the region.

Turkey says region can not take another Israel war after Gaza

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has urged the international community to make peace in the Middle East a priority for the world.

"The Middle East peace process is the biggest problem in the world and the world should make a settlement of the conflict a number one priority," Gul told reporters on Saturday in a joint press meeting with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Asad in Istanbul.

Responding to a question whether Israel was preparing for another military escalation in the Middle East, Gul said "the region cannot take another war anymore."

"What happened in Gaza two years ago was the last straw. No one in the world can condone or turn a blind eye on the repetition of such a thing anymore," Gul said.

Gul said that peace was only possible if the Palestinians were allowed to found their own states on their own soil and that Israel's issues with Syria and Lebanon were settled.

Gul said Syria was ready to resume indirect talks with Israel under Turkey's mediation, adding that Israel had sent no signals that it was eager to return to the table.

"Deals signed"

Asad said that Turkey and Syria had been trying to do their utmost to prevent a war in the Middle East.

President al-Asad said, that Turkey could play a part in negotiations between Iran and western powers over its nuclear program.

"I want Turkey to continue its important role because a trust has formed between the Iranian and Turkish governments and Turkey has wide relations with the rest of the region. "But any political agreement must be reached on the basis of international agreements. We want the region purged of weapons of mass destruction," he said. President al-Asad added that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Following the news conference, Turkey's State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem signed an agreement envisaging cooperation between the two countries in press. A second agreement about the Nusaybin and Kamisli border crossings was signed by Turkish State Minister Hayati Yazici and Mualem.

Ankara mediated several rounds of indirect negotiations between Syria and Israel in 2008, however the talks failed following an Israeli military offensive in Gaza, and Syria decided to suspend the process.

Israel killed up to 1500 Pallestinians in that offensive and now faces UN report that accuses of war crimes in the besieged land.

However, Syrian President Basher Assad, during the press conference, repeatedly said that there is no Israeli partner willing to achieve peace.

Syria has demanded the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Golan Heights as a condition for peace. Israel's current government refuses to quit the occupied land.


Agencies

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