Turkey's Gul backs Erdogan's reaction to Peres in Davos Gaza debate
"If there is disrespect against Turkey's Primer, this can not be swallowed," Turkish President said.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gul backed on Friday reaction of Turkish Prime Minister to Israel president in Davos, saying he did what he had to do.
Gul evaluated the Erdogan's reaction to Peres and also the moderator of the Gaza Panel in Davos meeting as saying "If there is disrespect against Turkey's Primer, this can not be swallowed. No one should expect that. And the prime minister did what needed to be done and gave the answer that needed to be given"
Gul also added that Primer's response was what had to be, Turkish media said.
Responding to a question on possible ramifications of Erdogan's attitude on Turkish-Israeli relations, Gul said "Turkey is a great country, which everyone should know. Turkey is a country that always seeks peace, stability and security. And everyone should benefit from Turkey's power. And if there is someone who does not want to benefit, then it is up to them," Gul said.
Erdogan attended the panel discussion 'The Case for Middle East Peace' held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.
Erdogan walked off the stage during a panel discussion on Gaza conflict held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos when a panel moderator cut off his remarks in response to President Peres.
He cited "For me, Davos is over," he said, walking off stage in the final moments of the session. "They would not let me speak," he later added to reporters.
"Israeli President Shimon Peres was given 25 minutes to talk while I was given 12 minutes. You cannot limit such an important topic to half an hour. I will not attend Davos (meetings) in the future," Erdogan stressed.
Erdogan declared to the Israeli president: "Your voice is high and I know it is because of a psychology of guilt. When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill. I know very well how you hit and killed children at the beaches." Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2009, 14:02