Friday, July 15, 2011

Turkey Reiterates Conditions to Mend Israel Ties

by AK Group

Turkey still demands a formal apology and redress over the killing of its citizens by Israeli commandos aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship in May of last year, a Turkish official has said.

"About the flotilla attack, Turkey has never turned down a request from the other side to talk. However, our stance on this issue is clear cut: We still demand a formal apology and redress. And we believe that this issue needs to be left behind as soon as possible," Selcuk Unal, a spokesman with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, told a weekly press briefing on Tuesday.

The Gaza-bound aid flotilla was raided on May 31, 2010, by Israeli Special Forces while on high seas. Nine Turks were killed in the attack on convoy's lead ship, Mavi Marmara.

The incident sent relations between the two countries -- two close allies in the region -- to an historic low.

A United Nations panel has been investigating the attack for nearly a year now, and it is expected to present its final report by July 27.

AK Group


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