Ankara says Is­rael should be taken to In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

IN THE FACE of on­go­ing vi­o­lence di­rected at Pales­tini­ans protest­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of the U.S. Em­bassy to Jerusalem on Mon­day, Ankara called on Pales­tine to take the is­sue to the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC) to hold Is­rael ac­count­able.

In an in­ter­view with state-broad­caster TRT Haber yes­ter­day, Foreign Min­is­ter Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “Pales­tine needs to take the case to the ICC, as third par­ties can­not,” and he added that Turkey has been ex­am­in­ing pos­si­ble steps that can be taken in line with the law as well.

The U.S.’s provoca­tive move - re­lo­cat­ing its em­bassy to Jerusalem - added fuel to the fire in the Pales­tine con­flict. Fol­low­ing the open­ing of the em­bassy, Is­raeli troops shot dead at least 62 Pales­tinian pro­test­ers and in­jured many on the Gaza border on Mon­day.

Un­der­lin­ing that the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Coun­cil will gather in Geneva on Fri­day, Çavuşoğlu said, “An in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion needs to pre­pare a re­port on the vi­o­lence in Gaza and Is­rael needs to stand be­fore the law.” He also stressed that Turkey is con­tin­u­ing its efforts; how­ever, they are not suf­fi­cient by them­selves to re­solve the whole con­flict. Çavuşoğlu said that con­crete steps are ex­pected from the United Na­tions.

“Pales­tine should be rec­og­nized and be­come a mem­ber coun­try of the UN. From now on, the world needs to un­remit­tingly ex­ert efforts for a two-state res­o­lu­tion,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Re­fer­ring to the efforts to pose a united stance against Is­raeli ag­gres­sion, the min­is­ter high­lighted that Turkey is set to hold the sum­mit of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) and added that foreign coun­tries have been called one by one. Çavuşoğlu has held phone talks with foreign min­is­ters of South Africa, Nige­ria, Swe­den, Bahrain, Le­banon, Dji­bouti, Eygpt and many more.

Ac­cord­ing to a source speak­ing to the Anadolu Agency (AA) yes­ter­day, the ICC is look­ing into whether it should try Is­rael’s mar­tyring of over 60 un­armed civil­ians along the Gaza Strip.

“We are con­cerned about the es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence in the Gaza Strip,” the source told AA, adding that pros­e­cu­tors are con­duct­ing pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tions.

Re­cent and fu­ture de­vel­op­ments could be add to the ex­am­i­na­tions, the source stated, while in­di­cat­ing that pros­e­cu­tors called on all par­ties to avoid fur­ther es­ca­la­tion.

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan on Wed­nes­day spoke with lead­ers of a num­ber of coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ger­many, Iran, Indonesia, Qatar and Su­dan and urged OIC mem­ber coun­tries to de­velop a “com­mon stance” on the Gaza killings.

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