Turkey says Gaza tragedy damages UN credibility

President Gul said during the meeting with UN's Ban-ki Moon that the tragedy in Gaza could lead to serious problems in the long-term.

Turkey says Gaza tragedy damages UN credibility

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said that the ongoing tragedy in Gaza damaged the credibility of the United Nations.

President Gul met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who is currently paying a visit to Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was also in attendance at the closed-door meeting.

President Gul said during the meeting that the tragedy in Gaza could lead to serious problems in the long-term.

"This tragedy has damaged the credibility of the United Nations," Gul said, and renewed his call for an immediate cease-fire.

Ban, on his part, said that they were pleased with the active policy pursued by Turkey in the region. He added that Turkey should maintain its efforts to prevent a likely separation in the Arab world.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a banquet in honor of the UN Secretary-General.

Ban said during the banquet that he attached importance to Turkey's initiatives in search for a cease-fire in the region. He added that Turkey's initiatives also received the international community's appreciation.

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