It seems the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is getting into the habit of making “political incorrect” statements. We all remember Erdodan’s “anti-Semitic” stunt at the Davos conference by crossing Zionist terrorist Shimon Peres on Zionist entity’s genocide of 1.5 million Gazzah civilians. This time Erdogan defended Iran’s right to develop its nuclear industry for civilian purpose as every other country is entitled as signatory to NPT.
On Saturday, in a conference in New York after attending the G20 meeting in Pittsburg, Erdogon told reporters: ““We are completely against nuclear weapons in the Middle East. There is a country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapon: Israel. There is a difference, though; Israel is not a member of the IAEA, while Iran is. Moreover, phosphorus bombs were used in Gaza. What is this? A weapon of mass destruction.”
Erdoğan also said on Saturday that Turkey would push the Security Council to discuss a report by UN investigators accusing Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes in the Gaza war. “We will definitely take the position to discuss this issue on the Security Council,” Erdoğan told reporters.
A UN fact-finding mission led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone issued a report last week that said both the Israeli army and Palestinian militants had committed war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity, during the December-January war in the Gaza Strip. The report urged the Security Council to refer the allegations to the International Criminal Court in The Hague if either Israel or Palestinian authorities failed to investigate and prosecute those suspected of the crimes within six months.
Erdoğan said there should be “accountability” for anyone guilty of war crimes in Gaza. “We’re in favor of opening discussions on the Goldstone report, and whoever is the guilty party, they should be identified and face the necessary sanctions,” he said.
Currently, Turkey is one of 10 UN Security Council’s non-veto members.
Erdogan is expected to pay an official visit to Islamic Iran next month – during which he will have a meeting with Dr. Ahmadinejad to discuss problems facing the Muslim world and Turkish-Iranian cooperation in the oil and gas sectors. Islamic Iran has become Turkey’s second largest trade partner after the US.