Turkey's FM comments on Twitter ban
Thursday, April 03, 2014
NEW YORK - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appeared to endorse Turkey's Constitutional Court's ruling on Wednesday that the Twitter ban be restored.
Responding to reporters in New York after the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) group of friends session, Davutoglu said, "court orders need to be respected everywhere across the world."
He added Turkey had asked Twitter to restrict access to the accounts that violated people's rights, however, Twitter refused to do so.
"The Twitter ban was a temporary measure and it does not aim to restrict freedom of expression," he added.
Davutoglu added that Turkey is making progress to normalize relations with Israel, which have been tense since nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were killed by Israeli soldiers in 2010.
Israel's apology to Turkey last year marked the beginning of improvement of relations. Turkey is expecting "positive developments" in the coming days on its second requirement - compensation to the families - Davutoglu said. The third demand from Turkey is the lifting of the Gaza blockade.
Asked whether Turkey was at war with Syria, Davutoglu said, "Turkey's borders have been violated many times...Turkey shot down a Syrian military jet three weeks ago. That is why this is an extremely serious matter that needs to be followed by Turkey," he said.
Davutoglu said he would seek support for Turkey's bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2015 and 2016 during his visit in New York.
Turkey served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2009 and 2010.
Five permanent members of the council are; U.K. U.S., China, France, Russia. The 10 non-permanent seats are filled by members of the UN General Assembly, with five countries elected each year for two years.
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