President's advisor: Turkey will support Palestine in UN accession
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 7 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/
As soon as Palestine appeals to the UN for membership, Turkey will support it and will do everything possible for Palestine's recognition as an independent state, Turkish President's advisor on the Middle East Ershad Hurmyuzli told Trend.
"The leaders of Turkish and Palestinian governments conduct close talks," said Hurmyuzli.
He said Turkey is one of the countries recognizing the Palestinian state, and Palestine has a diplomatic representation in Ankara. The Head of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas is going to appeal to the UN in September to be admitted to the organization as a full-right member.
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) seeks to establish an independent state within the 1967 borders. It hopes that during the international negotiations, Israel will withdraw its troops from the Palestinian territories - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem occupied during the war in 1967. In this territory the PNA wants to establish a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. However, Israel refuses from returning to the border lines of 1967 and does not want to raise the issue of Jerusalem, announced as its "eternal and indivisible capital".
The dialogue about the parameters of a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians was interrupted in September 2010 because of differences in the approaches of the sides to the issue of construction of settlements.
U.S. President Barack Obama stated in May that the basis for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be Israel's return to 1967 borders. Participants of the Middle East Quartet (Russia, EU, UN, USA) supported the initiative. The Israeli prime minister refused to accept this proposal, since returning to the old borders, he said, would make Israel defenceless.