Turkey says Gaza can not wait for days for cease-fire

Babacan said "nothing can justify this serious situation in Gaza, and we are ready to support if there are efficient and applicable proposals."

Turkey says Gaza can not wait for days for cease-fire
The Turkish foreign minister underlined on Tuesday the necessity of a cease-fire in Gaza.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan stressed the need for an urgent cease-fire in Gaza.

"An urgent cease-fire is obligatory in Gaza, we cannot wait for hours or days. People are losing their lives every hour and every day," Babacan told reporters after meeting Arab leaders at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, the United States.

Babacan defined the status quo in Gaza as tragic and expressed concern over it.

The Turkish foreign minister said that the UN and the Security Council had responsibilities for peace, security and stability and underscored importance of the talks held in the council regarding the developments in Gaza.

"Turkey wants to see urgent cease-fire. It is very important for Israel to end its operations, and for all the parties to halt their attacks," he said.

Babacan said that diplomacy should be used, and called on the international community, UN and the Security Council to assume a determined stance.

The minister said the cease-fire should be sustainable and effective, and hoped to get a concrete outcome from the UN Security Council meeting.

Babacan said that Turkey could be a part to an international observer group to be sent to Gaza if it was asked.

"Nothing can justify this serious situation in Gaza, and we are ready to support if there are efficient and applicable proposals," he said.

Babacan said a cease-fire would be the first step, and underlined the necessity to take further steps for a comprehensive peace.

Turkey was contributing to draft resolutions being prepared, he said.

Babacan also underlined importance of understanding the concerns and priorities of the relevant parties, but said that first of all, arms should be laid down, and then parties should discuss details of a comprehensive peace.

More than 600 people have been killed and at least 2,700 others were injured since the beginning of Israeli offensive against Gaza on December 27.


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