Turkey's top foreign advisor attends Sarkozy talks in Syria on Gaza

Davutoglu said that President Sarkozy proposed to benefit from Turkey's experiences to find a solution to the Gaza issue.

Turkey's top foreign advisor attends Sarkozy talks in Syria on Gaza

Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, chief advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said that opinions of Turkey and Syria regarding the Gaza issue were evaluated during a meeting between President Nicholas Sarkozy of France and President Bashar al-Asad of Syria in Damascus.

President Sarkozy visited Syrian capital as part of his Middle Eeast tour in search for a cease-fire to stop Israel's ground and air offensive on Gaza. Nearly 600 people including civilians have been killed since the beginning of the Israeli strikes on December 27.

Davutoglu, who was also in attendance at the meeting, told the A.A that President Sarkozy proposed to benefit from Turkey's experiences to find a solution to the Gaza issue.

"Turkey's stance about the Gaza problem is quite clear. What has been happening in Gaza is nothing but a humanitarian disaster. Turkey's most important demand is to prevent more bloodshed. Turkey tries to put an immediate end to the bloodshed in Gaza by keeping its channels with all parties open. Since the very beginning of the crisis, Turkish authorities have held talks with their counterparts in the region to declare an immediate cease-fire and to ensure compromise among Palestinian groups," he said.

"The Gaza problem can only be solved by bringing the parties together. These parties are Israel and Hamas. After Israel and Hamas observe a cease-fire, a compromise must be reached among Hamas, al Fatah and Egypt. Turkey, therefore, made some concrete proposals to the parties in search for a lasting solution in the region," he said.

Davutoglu added, "the parties may not be aware of the gravity of the situation since they have already been living through it. Israel may not be aware of the tragedy it caused in Gaza. Therefore, it is essential that regional countries and the international community should take immediate action."


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