World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres in the Danish capital of Copenhagen on Friday in a first meeting after Gaza offensive that killed hundreds of Palestinians.
The meeting between the leaders is the first after Turkey strongly condemned Israel, that killed nearly 1500 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression in Decemcer 2008 on Gaza and wounded more than 5,000 Palestinians.
On January 29, 2009, Erdogan stormed off a stage with Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He told Peres, "you know well how to kill people and babies", referring Israeli killing of Palestinian children in Gaza offensive and previous massacres.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "Allah would punish Israel over its crimes and called for Israel to be banned from the United Nations since it has never complied its repeated resolutions over the treatments of Palestinians in occupied territories.
Anadolu news agency said "the two leaders met on the sidelines of a summit of the heads of state and government of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15)."
The meeting went on behind closed doors.
"Call for ending settlements"
Sources have said the meeting was held on the request of the Israeli side.
Gul told Peres, that the incidents happening in the Middle East were creating serious sensitivity and uneasiness.
Gul urged Israel to end new settlement buldings and expansion on occupied lands.
Gul said, "nothing remains veiled in the world any more. Everybody learns about everything instantly. Turkish public opinion is also closely following the incidents in the Middle East. These incidents are creating serious sensitivity and uneasiness."
Calling Israel to withdraw to the borders before 1967, Turkish President said that Turkey wanted the two states (Israel and Palestine) to live side by side in peace, tranquility and security.
1967 borders mean that a future Palestinian state would have West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Peres repeated his invitation to Gul to Israel.