Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop stepped in to stop an escalation at a gathering attended by Russian and Ukrainian delegations Thursday, as he known as for a cease-fire between the warring nations for safety within the Black Sea area.
Attending the 61st Parliamentary Meeting of the Black Sea Financial Cooperation (PABSEC) assembly, which introduced collectively parliament audio system beneath the theme, Frequent Geography, Frequent Imaginative and prescient, Frequent Future within the capital Ankara, Şentop interfered after somebody from the Ukrainian delegation tried to unfurl the Ukrainian flag to protest Russia in the course of the speech of the Russian facet.
Warning each side to chorus from escalating tensions, Şentop mentioned he won’t enable anyone to disturb the peace of the assembly.
“All people can voice their views and opinions… But when we’re to begin holding demonstrations then these conferences will not be parliamentary conferences and can as an alternative flip into road actions,” he mentioned.
The assembly proceeded as deliberate after the Turkish speaker’s intervention.
In the meantime, Şentop known as for a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine, saying the struggle that broke out final yr in February threatens the safety of the Black Sea area.
“The struggle left behind a whole bunch of hundreds of useless and wounded, devastated cities, tens of millions of individuals displaced from their houses and a very paralyzed Black Sea,” he mentioned.
“… We hope that this struggle, which is likely one of the worst wars the Black Sea has ever seen, ends with a long-lasting and simply peace earlier than it causes extra lack of life, destruction and injury,” Şentop mentioned.
“I as soon as once more name on the events to a cease-fire and invite them to a long-lasting peace,” he mentioned, including that the struggle was inflicting “irreparable” losses and damages not just for the folks of Ukraine and Russia however for your entire world, particularly the area.
Türkiye strongly helps Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity inside its internationally acknowledged borders, Şentop asserted.
“We sincerely consider that peace within the Black Sea can solely come on this means,” he added.
Ankara is once more prepared to assemble events on the desk for peace talks, Şentop pressured, saying: “Sadly, what some Western nations and international curiosity networks need most is the continuation of this struggle with all its brutality.”
Türkiye, internationally praised for its mediator function, has repeatedly urged Ukraine and Russia to finish the struggle by way of negotiations.
“Constructing a typical future within the Black Sea will not be not possible, it’s a lot simpler when there are such a lot of values we share,” Şentop mentioned.
Talking on the similar occasion, PABSEC Secretary Common Asaf Hajiyev mentioned the Black Sea area is necessary for world politics since it’s a bridge between Asia and Europe.
He mentioned the area will not be solely necessary by way of vitality sources or geographical location, however the primary useful resource is its folks.
Regardless of conflicts, Hajiyev mentioned the motto of the group is peace, reconciliation and cooperation, noting that issues might be solved collectively.
The 13-member PABSEC, established in 1993, goals to diversify and additional develop bilateral and multilateral financial, technological and social relations amongst its member states.