Wednesday 12 May 2010 14:48
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Russian president calls end to Gaza tragedy
(Islam Times) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says there is a human tragedy in Gaza and although all problems can't be solved, nations must do their best to end it.
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Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, third left, and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, left, inspect a military guard of honour at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in Turkey on a visit aimed at improving trade and tourism between the two nations.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Islam Times reports from AP: Medvedev spoke Wednesday in Turkey, his second stop in the region after Syria where he said that Israeli-Arab tensions threaten to draw the Middle East into a new catastrophe, adding Moscow's weight to a diplomatic push to ease antagonism between Israel and Syria.
On the Palestinian conflict, Medvedev says "we are facing a human tragedy in Gaza."
Russia has been building up its influence as a Middle East mediator, pledged its assistance in pushing the region toward peace. Turkey is also pursuing a similar policy and mediated between Syria and Israel
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