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Turkish minister urges active mediation efforts on global challenges

Diplomacy 17:08 November 29, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- The top Turkish diplomat on Thursday stressed the importance of mediation in resolving various challenges facing the world.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cited trade wars, new forms of international exploitation, geopolitical competition and great power proxy wars, as well as terrorism, xenophobia and animosity against Islam, as some examples of pending problems.

"The fact of the matter is that humanity is facing a distinct challenge in the 21st century," he said in an op-ed piece conveyed to Yonhap News Agency via the country's embassy in Seoul. "The challenges of humanity are eating away the achievements and opportunities of humanity."

It came as Turkey is scheduled to host two international conferences on mediation later this week.

This Associated Press file photo shows Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaking at a recent press conference. (Yonhap)

One is devoted to mediation within the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the other is to focus on the connections between sustainable development, peace and mediation.

In particular, the embassy said, the forum on peace deserves South Korea's interest, given its pursuit of terminating military tensions on the peninsula.

The minister emphasized that, "Wait-and-see attitude is no longer tenable. Policy options differ from mediation to actual use of force against terrorists."

He introduced Turkey's campaign to relieve humanitarian suffering in Syria and broker agreements as the co-chair of the U.N., OSCE and OIC friends of mediation groups.

"If prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts are of paramount importance, then we must take it seriously," he said.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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