Turkish envoy conveys Israel offenses to UNSC

Turkey has "strongly" warned Israel at the United Nations Security Council for that country's policy and activities against the Palestinians.

Turkish envoy conveys Israel offenses to UNSC

Turkey has "strongly" warned Israel at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for that country's policy and activities against the Palestinians.

Turkey's UN Permanent Representative Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan conveyed to the UNSC Turkey's thoughts on Israel and Palestinians at the monthly meeting on the Middle East.

Israel must end the forced evacuation of the Palestinians in Jerusalem and end Jewish settlements on occupied territories. Israel must also end the tragedy in Gaza, Apakan stressed.

Turkey fully supports international efforts so that the peace process in the Middle East is restored, Apakan said.

Talks in the region must resume without further delay, Apakan said.

Israel has demolished the homes of Palestinians in Jerusalem. Palestinian families have been forced out of Jerusalem. Israel has cancelled the residential permits of Palestinians living in Jerusalem. The number of Palestinians whose residential rights have been taken away in East Jerusalem in 2008 is 21 times bigger than the average in the past four decades, Apakan said.

The international community does not accept Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem. The issue of Jerusalem should be resolved by making this city the capital of two states that will live side by side in peace. The demographic structure, status, cultural and religious system in Jerusalem must be preserved, Apakan noted.

Apakan called on Israel to end forceful evacuation of Palestinian homes and end the demolishment of these residences.

Israel should refrain from acts agitating the population in Jerusalem and protect the status of Jerusalem as indicated in resolutions of the UNSC, Apakan said.

Jewish settlements on occupied territories are not legitimate according to international laws. Israel must withdraw from territories occupied in 1967 and end the Jewish settlements on these territories, Apakan stressed.

Besieged Gaza

Although a year has passed since the Israeli operation on Gaza, 1.4 million Palestinian men, women and children face power shortages, lack of potable water, hunger and health problems in Gaza. Due to Israeli blockade, the residents of Gaza face unemployment and great poverty. More than 20,000 Palestinians have to live in tents and partially constructed buildings in Gaza, Apakan said.

This can not go on like it is, Apakan stressed.

The pain of the people of Gaza must be ended. UNSC's resolution 1860 must be implemented and the reconstruction of Gaza must begin. Gaza must be opened to all willing to enter the region and the people of Gaza should return to their normal daily lives, Apakan noted.

If such is not the case, it would be extremely difficult to make progress towards peace and security, Apakan said.

All obstacles to the beginning of a peace process must be overcome so that the process leads to a comprehensive and permanent peace in the Middle East, Apakan also said.


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