Turkish FM says Gaza war affected negatively region

The war in Gaza affected negatively all the processes in the region, Davutoglu said.

Turkish FM says Gaza war affected negatively region

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday the Turkish government's ideal goal was to facilitate peace with all neighboring countries as the continuation of the "Peace at Home, Peace in the World" principle.

Speaking at a press conference to make an assessment of developments in 2009, Davutoglu said that relations between Turkey and the United States gained "new momentum" with the beginning of the Barack Obama term in Washington, D.C.

We are working to promote "Model Partnership" between Turkey and the U.S. This concept involves deep cooperation not only in military and strategic terms but economoy as well, Davutoglu stressed.

Touching on Turkey's relations with neighboring countries, Davutoglu said that the goal of "zero problem" with the neighbors is about to be achieved.

The "zero problem" strategy does not imply that there are no disagreements between the neighbors. It implies the eradication of crisis in the short and medium terms, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said the comprehensive normalization of relations in the Caucasus will be a success for all the peoples of the region and provide a great opportunity.

Davutoglu said that Turkey always had a positive approach to the protocols signed between Armenia and itself.

Our approach was always on positive scenarios (with Armenia) in regard to a calendar and we know that success could not be achieved by negative scenarios, Davutoglu stressed.

"Middle East"

In reference to developments in the Middle East, Davutoglu said that 2009 was a busy year.

Touching on Turkey's relations with Syria and Israel, Davutoglu said that Turkey believed a foreign policy pursued by Israel with a peaceful perspective would be in the interest of Israel.

If we do see a serious approach, we will do whatever is possible for relations between Syria and Israel, Davutoglu said.

As sovereign countries, Syria and Israel can decide on their approach. The goal of mediating talks is to facilitate peace, Davutoglu said.

The war in Gaza affected negatively all the processes in the region and led to the end of the talks between Syria and Israel. Turkey's attitude on the war in Gaza was a realist one, Davutoglu said.

Israel killed nearly 1500 Palestinians and wounded more than 5000 in the besieged Gaza Strip in the 22-day offensive.

In regard to Iran and its nuclear program, Davutoglu noted that Turkey wanted to find a peaceful solution to the issue and did not want new clashes in the region.

"We have implemented a vision we had in our minds for Turkey. This vision wants a Turkey that has been admitted as a full member to the European Union, a Turkey that has integrated with all neighbors, and a Turkey whose economy is one of the 10 biggest ones in the world," Davutoglu also said.



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