08 June 2010

condemnation of israel at CICA summit in turkey

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The summit was a meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, a bloc of 22 Eurasian states founded in the early 1990s. Delegates mostly discussed security issues, particularly Israel and Afghanistan.

"All member states, except
[Israel], expressed their grave concern and condemnation for the actions undertaken by the Israeli Defence Forces," the statement said.

The presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan as well as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas were among the leaders who attended the security summit.

Putin said Russia would raise at the UN the controversial issue of who should investigate the Israeli raid, which he denounced as "a crude violation" of international law.

"We can't allow a new flame to flare up in the Middle East.... We will raise the issue at the United Nations, we're working at it," he told reporters.
Russia has gone opaque on Iran. I don't know what to make of that.

China, even more so. No, really. I don't get it.


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