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Monday, June 14, 2004

Turkish President accuses Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians

Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli border policeman during a
protest against the construction of the controversial Israeli
security barrier near the West Bank village of Az-Zawiya June
14, 2004. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Al Bawaba: The 31st Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Foreign Ministers' Conference started in Istanbul on Monday. In his speech to participants, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said,
"We do not disregard the security concerns of Israel. However, we see the use of excessive force as a big mistake that does not serve any end other than further escalating tensions and harming civilians."
In recent weeks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked the policies of Israel, accusing the Jewish state of engaging in terrorism against the Palestinians.