Turkey hopes Israel will be 'accountable' to int'l law with UN probe

Israel did not explain exactly how Israel planned to co-operate with the panel.

Turkey hopes Israel will be 'accountable' to int'l law with UN probe

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday Israel's decision to cooperate with the United Nations (UN) in an investigation into the May 31 attack showed that every country was "accountable" to international law.

Earlier in the day, Israel announced that it agreed "to cooperate" with the UN in an investigation into the May 31 attack.

This was the first time that Israel accepted to cooperate with an international committee.

But it is not immediately clear if Israel would allow full access to UN panel members, such as questioning Israeli commandos involved in the flotilla attack.

In an exclusive interview with the AA, Minister Davutoglu said that the UN Secretary General has taken a crucial step on behalf of the UN, an entity that represents international conscience.

The UN panel of inquiry will affirm the supremacy of international law. Any UN member's acts were accountable to international law, Davutoglu said.

We are sure that the UN panel of inquiry will be objective, work fast and make a comprehensive study. We have full confidence in the UN Secretary General, Davutoglu said.

Minister Davutoglu said that the panel would start working on August 10 and submit its first progress report on September 15.

We hope that all works in the UN would contribute to efforts for peace in the region, Davutoglu also said.

Israel did not explain exactly how Israel planned to co-operate with the panel.

Israel had until now rejected calls for an international independent investigation into the commando raid and has shunned previous UN investigations into its military actions.

It refused to co-operate with a commission that accused it last year of war crimes in the 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed up to 1,500 Palestinians.

"Reserved rights"

Meanhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested from FM Davutoglu to closely follow-up UN flotilla probe.

Sources said that Davutoglu phoned Erdogan on Monday before the UN announcment.

During the phone conversation, Prime Minister Erdogan told Davutoglu to closely follow-up the UN flotilla probe and reminded that Turkey's demand for "an apology and compensation" from Israel continued.

The attack strained relations between Turkey and Israel to the point of breaking. Turkey, which withdrew its ambassador and suspended joint military exercises with Israel in protest of the attack, officially demanded an apology from Israel and an international investigation into the attack in international waters.

The United Nations Human Rights Council named its own three-person flotilla commission last month. That panel is also expected to report its findings in September.

The Israeli army's internal inquiry into the raid recommended no disciplinary action against senior officers, and concluded that "the use of live fire was justified" on board the Mavi Marmara.

A separate civilian panel, chaired by former Israeli supreme court judge Jacob Turkel, is also investigating the raid.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ağustos 2010, 10:19