Erdogan: Israel to be cursed for tears shed by Gazan mothers

Erdogan said "Israel will be cursed for the children and the defenseless women who died under bombs. Israel will be cursed for tears shed by mothers."

Erdogan: Israel to be cursed for tears shed by Gazan mothers

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Israel caused a humanity tragedy in the Gaza Strip by using excessive force.

Speaking at an opening ceremony in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, Erdogan said, "Israel, unfortunately, led to a humanity tragedy in the Gaza Strip by using excessive force. I believe that this tragedy would cause many problems in Israel itself. Israel will be cursed for the children and the defenseless women who died under bombs. Israel will be cursed for tears shed by mothers."

"As you know, Turkey has been elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for two years. We will fulfil our responsibilities. We have already initiated a shuttle diplomacy in search for a cease-fire in the region. I paid visits to Syria which holds the rotating presidency of the Arab League, and Jordan. In Jordan, I had the chance of meeting and discussing the recent developments with President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine. Then, I proceeded to Egypt to hold talks with President Mohamad Mubarak since Egypt was the mediator of the truce in June 2008. Then, I met with King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia," he said.

Prime Minister Erdogan added that he was set to meet with President Abdullah Gul to evaluate recent developments in the Gaza Strip.

Under his initiatives to halt Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Erdogan held telephone conversations with Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek of Czech Republic, which holds the rotating EU presidency, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain.

Erdogan called on his counterparts to cooperate with each other to mobilize the international community as soon as possible.


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