Swedish FM says Israel attack int'l crisis, not only with Turkey

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed 9 people was an international diplomatic crisis.

Swedish FM says Israel attack int'l crisis, not only with Turkey


Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed 9 people was an international diplomatic crisis.

Bildt who spoke to reporters during the inauguration of the Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul, said Sweden supported a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine that foresaw a two-state solution.

He said Israeli state was the perpetrator of this act and it was responsible, adding that the Israeli people could not be held responsible.

Bildt said EU countries clearly condemned the attack from the very beginning. He said their demand for the release of the hostages was fulfilled, adding that they were still behind their call for an independent inquiry into the incident.

He said they also called for an unconditional end to the blockade over Gaza, referring to the UN Security Council's resolution on the issue.

However, Bildt did not see imposing sanctions over Israel "effective", suggesting that these could sometimes backlash.

He said they were behind the UN resolutions for sanctions adding however that their efficacy was questionable.

Bildt said a total of seven Swedish citizens were detained on board the Gaza-bound flotilla, thanking the Turkish authorities for their efforts in bringing back their citizens.

Responding to a question on how the Israeli attack on the gaza-bound flotilla would effect Turkish-Israeli relations, Bildt said this is an international diplomatic crisis, not an issue between two or three countries.

Referring to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netenyahu's morning remarks tieing the attack with the so-called threat from Iran, Bildt said the proposed connection was absurd.


Agencies


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