World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey could bring Palestinian Hamas' conditions for ceasefire to the attention of the United Nations, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said late on Sunday during an interview on Al-Jazeera.
Turkey has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council as of January 1.
"We could bring the conditions of Hamas for a ceasefire to the attention of the United Nations. Hamas officials have full confidence in Turkey," Erdogan said.
Turkish PM also renewed his call for working together with Egypt to reach a ceasefire. "There are two main objectives. First is the ceasefire and to lift the embargo.
The second is to work for an accord in Palestine. Of course, Turkey announced its commitment to this process. We say we can work with Egypt to do this," Erdogan said.
Erdogan reminded on Al-Jazeera that Turkey suggested to Israeli PM Olmert to be a mediator between Israel and Hamas.
"Hovewer, Olmert promised to give us an answer after he talk to his friends, but we could not have any response yet," Erdogan said.
Turkish PM added that "There is no room for emotions on international relations but what Israel is doing debilitates the opinions of a friend like Turkey."
Earlier on Sunday Erdogan slammed Israel's Gaza operation, saying the disproportional use of force causes "humanitarian tragedy."
"Israel creates a humanitarian tragedy with using disproportional force. This would cause problems for Israel as well," Erdogan told reporters in the southern province of Antalya in his reaction to Israel's incursion of Gaza.
He said he would discuss the latest situation in Gaza in his meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday.
Erdogan returned Turkey on Sunday as he ends his Middle East tour aimed at helping to reach a ceasefire in Gaza.
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