Turkey calls for rapid establishment of Palestinian state
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called to put end to the status quo in the Middle East and accelerate steps to establish an independent Palestinian state, the Turkish News Portal Timeturk reports.
While speaking at a conference on the topic "UN support for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process" in Istanbul, the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated about his country's readiness to do everything possible to accelerate the resolution of the conflict in the Middle East.
"The region needs peace and stability as soon as possible, which will bring a solution of problems of two states - Palestine and Israel. I hope Israel will understand the importance of ongoing efforts to resolve the current conflict," Davutoglu said.
Regarding the status of Jerusalem, the Turkish minister said that the city important for Muslims and Christians will become an example of a global peace or global war. "All the events in Jerusalem, have global impact. Jerusalem should become the capital of both Israel and Palestine," Davutoglu said.
The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to indirect talks with Israel under mediation of the U.S. in early May.
The Palestinian Authority launched a four-month round of indirect "proximity talks" with Israel. As a result of which a decision on reasonability of continuation of contacts and change their format will be adopted. Israel supports the rapid transition to direct talks, which were suspended about one and a half years ago, RIA Novosti reported.
The Palestinians hope to reach an agreement after negotiations with the Israeli Government to establish its sovereign state within the borders of 1967 and make East Jerusalem its capital. However, Israel has declared the city its eternal and undivided capital.