World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Jerusalem’s multi-cultural identity must be preserved to stop Judaicizing policies.”
Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministerial level meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan gathered for demonstrating the Muslim world’s support for the people of Palestine, Davutoglu said, “the OIC should work harder for Palestininians to reach independence.”
“Israel’s illegal settlement activities obstructed peace efforts,” said Davutoglu.
Pointing out to the United Nation’s (UN) recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state in November, Davutoglu said that the process would be completed when Palestine becomes a UN member and a fully independent country.
“Jerusalem’s multi-cultural identity must be preserved to stop Judaicizing policies,” said Davutoglu, emphasizing tha Turkey’s help to Palestinians included the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency’s (TIKA) $30 million program to aid Jerusalem and the Palestinians.
He added Turkey will continue to focus its efforts especially in education, construction and health areas.
Davutoglu once again emphasized that the OIC meeting aimed at protecting Jerusalem’s freedom and being eternal capital of Palestine, and said, “Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al Maliki invited us for working together on this issue. Hopefully we will cooperate with Azerbaijan and OIC, and show our decisiveness on Palestinian cause.”
Davutoglu also expressed Turkey’s continuous support to Azerbaijan for Nagorno Karabakh problem.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the occupied territories.
On Tuesday, Baku is hosting the founding conference of the Islamic Financial Security Network for aid to the Palestinian state and a donor conference for supporting the development of the city of Al-Quds.
The conference is attended by representatives of several international organisations, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), ISESCO, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development and the Islamic Development Bank. The event is also attended by representatives of the OIC member countries: foreign ministers, officials of foreign offices as well as heads and members of diplomatic missions accredited in Baku.