Turkey calls on world, 'show Georgia sensitivity to Gaza'

Erdogan says "I am calling out to the whole world to display the same sensitivity it showed during the Georgian conflict, now in Gaza."

Turkey calls on world, 'show Georgia sensitivity to Gaza'

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, "killing defenseless children and women in Gaza by using excessive force is nothing but atrocity. I am calling out to the whole world to display the same sensitivity it showed during the Georgian conflict, now in Gaza."

Erdogan told reporters before departing from Saudi Arabia, the last leg of his tour of the Middle East in the search for a cease-fire in the region, "Israeli offensive against Gaza led to a humanity tragedy. It was dreadful that 185 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 others were injured on the first day of the offensive. We could not remain silent in the face of such a tragedy. Therefore, we took our steps to fulfil our responsibilities."

"I paid visits to Syria which holds the rotating presidency of the Arab League, and Jordan. In Jordan, I had the chance of meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine and discussing the recent developments with him. Then, I proceeded to Egypt to hold talks with President Mohamad Mubarak since Egypt was the mediator of the truce in June 2008," he said.

Erdogan said that his shuttle diplomacy with Arab countries in the search for a cease-fire in the Middle East completed with his meeting with King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

"Hamas abided by the truce. But Israel failed to lift embargoes. In Gaza, people seem to live in an open prison. In fact, all Palestine looks like an open prison. I am calling out to the whole world: why didn't you display the same sensitivity you showed in Georgia, now in Gaza? The United Nations, the United States and the EU-member states mobilized for Georgia immediately. But now, no one takes action for Gaza," he said.

"I call on Israel to allow dispatch of humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza," he said.

Erdogan also highlighted importance of resumption of talks between Hamas and Egypt.

"We are ready to do everything in our power to ensure peace and stability in the region," he added.


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