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Erdogan Says Recognizing Palestine an Obligation, Expresses Deep Desire to Visit Gaza
Erdogan: Recognizing Palestine 'an obligation'
Ma'an, 14/09/2011 12:35
Gaza Strip. [AFP/Mahmud Hams] CAIRO (AFP) --
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a fervent critic of
Israel, said in Egypt Tuesday recognition of a Palestinian state is not
an option but an "obligation."
Erdogan expresses deep desire to visit Gaza
[ 13/09/2011 - 07:19 PM ]
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his deep desire to visit the besieged Gaza Strip as he has kicked off a tour of Arab Spring states in Egypt, but he said he did not want to burden the Egyptians with the visit.
He said that it was one of his greatest desires to visit Gaza, adding that he said to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas "Let us go together to Gaza .. the three of us (Erdogan, Abbas and Haneyya)".
Erdogan appeared on Egypt’s Dream TV Monday night, declaring “my spirit is with you and I have hope that my body will be with you, but I don’t want to burden the Egyptians with my visit to Gaza,” in a statement directed at the people of Gaza.
Also in the recorded meeting, Erdogan defended his verbal clash in 2009 with Israeli President Shimon Peres at Davos, saying the move was in support of what was right and that Israel was not working for peace.
Erdogan went on to further criticize Israel, calling it the “West’s spoiled child”.
“To this day it has never executed a decision by the international community,” the PM said.
He added that it is no longer possible to restore relations with Israel, and that Turkey is seeking to freeze all agreements with the occupying regime.
But he said he was still seeking an apology over the death of nineTurks in Israel’s lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla last year, as well as compensation for the casualties and an end to the Gaza siege.
He also vowed to petition for the Gazans in the International Court of Justice. Prime Minister Erdogan arrived in Cairo Monday evening, accompanied by his wife, his daughter, and seven members of the Turkish Cabinet. He was received at Cairo International Airport by his Egyptian counterpart Essam Sharaf, who also appeared with his wife, as well as others.
The real reason why Erdogan did not go ahead with Gaza visit
[ 14/09/2011 - 09:50 AM ]
Egyptians amassed outside the Cairo Opera House on Tuesday calling on visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to show support for the besieged Gaza Strip.
On Monday night, the PM made a television appearance expressing his deep desire to the visit the Gaza Strip but said he did not want to burden the Egyptians with the visit.
High-level diplomats said the reason why Erdogan decided not to take the trip to Gaza was because it would have put Egypt in a tight situation by him crossing the Rafah border crossing during the current diplomatic fallout with Israel.
The other reason was that Erdogan asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to go with him to Gaza during the visit together with Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya, the sources told the PIC.
They said Erdogan had spoken with Abbas prior to kicking off his recent tour of Arab Spring states to persuade him to go, but Abbas tried to dodge him on several occasions, saying that he would be busy in Egypt promoting the UN bid and with Arab League meetings.
According to Ibrahim al-Drawi, director of the Palestinian studies center in Cairo, Erdogan was also mulling over the possibility of visiting the Gaza Strip on board an aid convoy.
Meanwhile in Gaza, children gathered at the memorial of the Freedom Flotilla victims, Turks shot dead by Israeli commandos as they tried to defy Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. They raised pictures of PM Erdgoan, waved Turkish and Palestinian flags, and called on Erdogan to visit the Gaza Strip in solidarity with the Gazans living under Israeli siege for the past five years.
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