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Erdoğan: Israeli perpetrators of Gaza massacres must be held accountable under international law

During the World Climate Action Summit, part of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his concern regarding the situation in Gaza. Erdoğan underlined that the events in Gaza constitute both a crime against humanity and a war crime, and stressed the need for accountability within international law.

Agencies and A News WORLD
Published December 01,2023

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the World Climate Action Summit held within the framework of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"The ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are not only a violation of humanity but also constitute a war crime. Those responsible must face accountability under international law," Erdoğan stressed in his speech.

Key points from Erdoğan's speech include:

"I greet you all with the sincerest feelings on behalf of myself and my nation. I hope our summit meeting will bring about goodness. I thank the Emirati authorities for their genuine hospitality.

Our world is currently facing the bitter consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and, after the Ukraine-Russia war, the massacres in Gaza.

Türkiye has stood by peace, working for justice and fairness throughout all these crises.

We also approach climate change from this perspective. Despite our historical responsibility for less than one per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, we are taking significant steps.

We aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2053. We have doubled our emission reduction target for 2030.

By the end of this year, we expect a reduction of 66.6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. We have increased the share of renewable energy sources in total installed capacity to 55%, ranking 5th in Europe and 12th in the world.

Türkiye has always stood by peace in all crises, working for solutions based on justice and fairness.

We are rapidly healing the wounds caused by earthquakes that affected 14 million people and 11 provinces negatively. While sharing our views on the climate crisis, we cannot ignore the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories right next to us.

The loss of over 16,000 innocent Palestinian civilians, mostly children and women, due to Israeli attacks can never be justified.

What is happening in Gaza is a crime against humanity; it is a war crime; the perpetrators must be held accountable under international law.

With recent developments, we have once again seen the need for the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and territorially integral Palestinian State with its capital in East Jerusalem based on the 1967 borders.

Türkiye is ready to take all kinds of responsibility for the establishment and provision of this.

I want to emphasize our call again here: The world is bigger than five, and a fairer world is possible."