(Hurriyet) - Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, in Rome for a meeting of foreign ministers on the violence spiraling out of control in the Middle East, said yesterday that Turkey would look positively at the idea of sending soldiers for a UN Peace Force, on the condition that a cease-fire in the region could be reached.
Gul also commented on the situations in both Gaza and Lebanon, saying that the Western world had not used its own intiative in these matters enough. He noted that it was for this reason that anti-Western feelings in the Middle East were at a new height, and that the search for the solution was becoming ever more difficult, reports Trend.
Gul also said that Turkey was ready to contribute anything necessary to an "aid corridor" for Lebanon, noting "We are listening to the views of our military's General Staff headquarters." Gul spoke while in Rome with his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice, and then accepted thanks from a variety of government ministers from Lebanon on the work Turkey has done in transporting and receiving evacuees from the region.