Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with foreign parliamentarians in the closing session of Parliamentarians' Conference of U.N. Population Fund held in İstanbul.

Erdoğan addresses the closing session of International Parliamentarians’ Conference
Posted 26.05.2012 09:16:11 UTC
Updated 26.05.2012 09:16:11 UTC

In his speech, Prime Minister Erdoğan referred to developments in Syria and called on all countries to be sensitive. At the conference on Population and Development, Erdoğan said that he is against abortion and considers it as murder. Prime Minister Erdoğan criticized developing countries of being indifferent to problems of other countries and said: "Countries that regard universal humanitarian values, democracy and welfare as a right for themselves and their own people, are just watching tragedies that take place in nearby regions as if they are watching a thriller film".

Developments in Syria were also on Prime Minister Erdoğan's agenda. Calling on all countries to be sensitive, Erdoğan said: "We are not watching a football match. Unfortunately, we are forced to watch a drama and tragedy. Innocent children, defenseless women and old people are killed. There are people whose throats are slashed. Are we going to watch this ? No one can ignore or be insensitive to this. We must extend a helping hand". Prime Minister Erdoğan also criticized the structure of the U.N. and said that it needs reforms. "The U.N. Security Council adopts a resolution and takes it to the Council. Two of the permanent members veto it and this step cannot be taken".

Prime Minister Erdoğan also briefed foreign parliamentarians on developments in the Turkish economy. Prime Minister Erdoğan then attended the 7th National Oil Companies Forum.