Turkey's FM: Israel must learn to respect others' rights for peace

Turkey's foreign minister said that Israel must learn that others had rights that must be respected if it wanted peace in the Middle East.

Turkey's FM: Israel must learn to respect others' rights for peace

Turkey's foreign minister said that Israel must learn that others had rights that must be respected if it wanted peace in the Middle East.

Davutoglu's remarks came after recent tension over Israeli offensive against Gaza.

"When Israel follows a policy of peace, we have good relations," Davutoglu told an interview with the British daily, The Guardian.

Before Gaza, Turkey had mediated indirect talks between Syria and Israel and made "remarkable" progress, Davutoglu told the British daily before his meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in London on Tuesday.

"If Israel wants peace, they must learn that others have rights that must be respected," he said.

Guardian also wrote that Davutoglu spoke of three complex challenges where progress in 2010 remains problematic. The first is Cyprus, where long-running, UN-brokered talks on reunification are inching towards some sort of denouement.

"We have reached an historic moment in the negotiations. That's one reason for coming to London now," Davutoglu said, noting Britain's role as a guarantor of any settlement.

"We know first of all the Greek Cypriots always say 'No!' Then they say 'No-o-o'. Then they say 'No-maybe' ... I am optimistic. We need an intensified international effort by the EU, by the UN, by both sides, and by Greece and Turkey and Britain as guarantors, like we had in 2004," he told The Guardian.

On Iran, Davutoglu said that his advice to Miliband, if asked, would be to eschew more public name-calling and pursue discreet negotiations on the nuclear issue and other matters of concern. He said Turkey was at pains to maintain a friendly relationship with its Persian neighbour.

"The situation in Iran is not good, is not compatible with our vision," Davutoglu said. "We don't want nuclear proliferation in the region, we don't want nuclear weapons in Iran or Israel or anywhere. Second, every country has the right to pursue nuclear power for peaceful purposes. Third, we also don't want more sanctions. Sanctions hurt ordinary people and neighbouring countries."

"We don't forget the very bad experience in Iraq. We would advise intensified negotiations through diplomacy. An absence of mutual trust is the problem." If asked, Turkey would be happy to facilitate a constructive dialogue with Iran, he said.



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