Friday, January 16, 2009

More Arab Than the Arabs: Turkish PM: Israel Should Be Barred from UN


"16/01/2009 Turkey's prime minister on Friday said Israel should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the body's calls to stop its Gaza war. "How is such a country, which does not implement resolutions of the UN Security Council, allowed to enter through the gates of the UN (headquarters)?" Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan spoke before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Ankara to discuss the conflict. His comments reflected a growing anger in Turkey, over Israel's Gaza operation.

Erdogan accused Israel of attacking civilians under the pretext of targeting Hamas resistance movement.

Israel's offensive in Gaza entered its 21 day Friday, as the Israel Air Force continues attacking the strip and killing civilians, while rockets fired from Gaza kept pounding Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

President Abdullah Gul on Friday renewed calls for an immediate cease-fire and also urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to focus on a comprehensive, long-lasting and fair solution once in office."

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