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Israel must abide by international law: Turkish PM

06-08-2010 07:30 BJT

ISTANBUL, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday lashed out at Israel for killing Turkish citizens and called for Israel to abide by international law.

Erdogan told a press conference that "the attack was staged in open seas and 72 miles off Israel, and it targeted at unarmed volunteers, which has made the incident more grave."

"If we are talking about a terrorism in the Mediterranean, this is the state terrorism carried out by the Israeli government," he said.

There were over 100 decisions by the Security Council against Israel, however, the country comply with none of them, he said, adding now it is the time for compliance.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was also present at the press conference.

Erdogan said leaders of the two countries have discussed concrete ways to ensure peace of the region and both have agreed that an independent international commission should be established by the UN to investigate Israel.

Erdogan Saturday expressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Turkey's support for such commission.

It is of importance that the embargo be lifted and humanitarian aid be let in, he said, referring to the Palestinian territory as an open-air prison for innocent people.

He called for everyone to come together to strive for the region's peace and stability.

He said it is particular important that the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League work together to ensure stability of the region.

Besides, Erdogan dismissed Israel's accusation that Turkey was fostering hatred, saying "if one is to talk of hatred in the Mediterranean, it is the Israeli government's hatred. If one is to talk of terrorism, it is Israel's state terror."

Israel's moves, which would have been considered criminal even during war, was a great danger to regional peace, he said.

For his part, Assad expressed support for Turkey and condemned Israel, saying the Gaza blockade would be lifted with the union of Arabic and Turkish blood.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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