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.
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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