Making a strong appeal to the world to find solution to the
Arab-Israel problem, Turkey December 04 advocated the formation of
the Palestinian state.
"The Arab-Israeli problem must be
resolved, and Palestine must be admitted into the United Nations
as a respected country," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
said while addressing the International Institute for Strategic
Studies Regional Security Summit in Manama.
Speaking at the first plenary
session of the day, Ahmet Davutoglu said unless all parties paid
attention to the security of a child in Gaza as much as they did
to a child's security in Tel Aviv, there would not be peace in the
"We do not need a road map in the
region. We want to see the end of the road," he said.
"It is high time that the peace
processes between Israel-Palestine, Israel-Syria and
Israel-Lebanon is completed. We need a comprehensive approach to
security in the Middle East by considering economic, cultural and
diplomatic dimensions of security", he added.
Pointing out to the importance of political dialogue and
face-to-face talks, Davutoglu said that there was insufficient
dialogue among the leaders of the region and that many leaders did
not see each other for very long periods of time.
He said mutual economic
interdependence is crucial for security and that countries with
strong economic ties resolve problems more easily. He also
cautioned against a Middle East arms race.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu's assertions were followed by Jordan's King Abdallah's
address who warned if solution to the Palestine crisis is not
found the region
would continue its slide into darkness.
"The region will not enjoy security and stability unless we solve
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Arabs, Muslims and Israelis
find peace", he said.
The Jordanian King also emphasized that this opportunity cannot last
forever. "Geographic and demographic changes are threatening the
essence of the initiative -- a two state solution, which will
guarantee the Palestinians the freedom and statehood they have
long been denied and will ensure for Israel the security it