Turkish FM calls for measures to strengthen Gaza truce

Turkish FM Babacan is set to take part on Sunday in two separate meetings with the EU Troika and 27 EU members.

Turkish FM calls for measures to strengthen Gaza truce
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan called for measures to strengthen a fragile truce which had halted Israeli offensive on Gaza, warning that tensions could otherwise escalate again.

"Our concern is that problems can revive again if certain steps are not taken in Gaza," Babacan told reporters before leaving for Brussels where he will participate in a European Union meeting over the situation in Gaza.

Babacan is set to take part on Sunday in two separate meetings with the EU Troika and 27 EU members.

"The truce cannot endure unilaterally and we certainly need commitment from both sides," he said.

Babacan also said Palestinians should reach a unity among themselves and come together at a common ground.

"Palestinian groups should reach to common understanding and come up with plans for a transition period which will lead the way to determining presidential and parliamentary elections," Babacan said.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.

Israel has come under fire for using excessive force during the conflict with Amnesty International accusing the Jewish state of war crimes.

Amnesty International, which has investigators in Gaza, said that it had found indisputable evidence that white phosphorus was used by Israeli forces in densely populated areas.

Eight Israeli human rights groups have also called on the Israeli government to investigate given the scale of the casualties, describing the number of dead women and children as terrifying.

Agencies
Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2009, 11:10
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