Turkey says not insistent for Syria-Israel mediation role

A spokesman with the Turkish Foreign Ministry has said Turkey claimed no insistence to resume mediating indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria.

Turkey says not insistent for Syria-Israel mediation role

A spokesman with the Turkish Foreign Ministry has said Turkey claimed no insistence to resume mediating indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria.

"We are not in a position of pushing to carve out a mediator role. However, this is an issue that affects our region and we have been saying that we would do anything in our power," Burak Ozugergin told a weekly press briefing on Wednesday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has rejected Turkey's mediation between Syria and Israel.

"So long as I am foreign minister [...] there will be no Turkish mediation," Lieberman told a Tuesday a conference of Israeli ambassadors.

Ozugergin said the Israeli public opinion had given "the best response" to the Israeli statements against a mediator role for Turkey by issuing a warning not to damage Israeli interests.

"Everyone knows why these [indirect] talks [between Israel and Syria] have collapsed. And Israel continues to send contradictory messages," Ozugergin said.

Turkish premier has reiterated his country's readiness to resume mediating indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria if it was requested to do so.

"Turkey will do what it has to do if a new peace process is launched. We are ready to re-engage if we are called for the duty," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint press conference last week with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Turkey has mediated five rounds of indirect talks last year before they collapsed following Israeli offensive on Gaza.

The Turkish premier has publicly criticized latest Israeli aggression against Palestine and he fired a salvo of criticisms against Israeli president at a meeting in Davos earlier this year.


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