Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu stated on Wednesday that raising of the Palestinian flag at United Nations (UN) marks an important moment for the whole of humanity and represents its honour, following the highly expected flag ceremony in New York.
The Palestinian flag has been raised at the UN for the first time, in what the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas described as "an emotional and proud day."
Abbas has declared, “I raise Palestinian flag at the UN in the name of my people. Today is a historic day for Palestinian people who have fought for independence and freedom,” during the ceremony.
Davutoglu said, “Keeping the Palestinian flag flying today means keeping the flag of honour of humanity flying. It is the flag of freedom, honour, dignity, and self-respect. God willing this flag will keep flying at Al Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem,” speaking to Turkish state TV channel TRT.
He described the ceremony as “a very emotional moment.”
Palestine has been a non-member observer state of the UN, following the decision of the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012.
Davutoglu reminded that day in his speech to TRT by saying that “I told Abbas on that day that all of us will also see a day when Palestinian flag will be raised in front of this building [referring to UN compound] and we all will be here.’”
Abbas said to Davutoglu that “Your wish has been fulfilled,” following the ceremony, Davutoglu recounted.
Abbas also invoked the fighting spirit of his people, saying that, “Today is a proud and honorable day for Palestinian nationalism. We dedicate this honourable day to our prisoners, wounded, veterans, and martyrs who have sacrificed their lives in order to raise this flag to the flagpole.”
September 30th will be remembered and celebrated by the Palestinian people from now on as “the Day of Flag,” he added.
Flicker of life
When asked about his expectations regarding the Palestine issue, Davutoglu said that other international organisations will also recognise Palestine.
“He [Mahmoud Abbas] called for our support. And I, ‘Wherever, no matter what the conditions are’ said. The next step is to raise the Palestinian flag at other international organisations.”
Davutoglu also stressed that the recent events unfolding at the Al Aqsa Mosque show oppression and persecution.
“Today, raising of the [Palestinian] flag is a flicker of hope for Palestinians. I send my regards and appreciation to all of my Palestinian brothers who stand tall and for those at the Al Aqsa Mosque. We have to maintain the struggle.”
Davutoglu also met with Jordan’s King, Abdullah II and discussed the state of events at the Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.
He said they will walk together in this purpose saying “All that’s required is that we look after the treasure which has been handed down to us.”