Turkey, Israel ties would get worse 'if no Israeli apologize'

An executive of Turkey's ruling party said that Turkish-Israeli relations would get worse if Israel did not apologize to Turkey.

Turkey, Israel ties would get worse 'if no Israeli apologize'

 

An executive of Turkey's ruling party said on Friday that Turkish-Israeli relations would get worse if Israel did not apologize to Turkey.

Omer Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party for foreign affairs, said if Israel did not apologize and allow establishment of an international and independent investigation commission regarding its attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the crisis between the two countries would escalate.

"Two countries may get face-to-face in every international political and legal platforms," Celik told a press conference in Washington D.C.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31.Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

"It is not possible for us to forget it," he said.

Celik said it was only a humanitarian aid ship, and the Turkish government or state had not sponsored or sent the ship to Gaza.

The AK Party deputy chairman defined Israel's attitude in international waters towards the aid flotilla as "state piracy".

"Unfortunately our allies in NATO have not assumed a positive stance on supporting establishment of an international investigation commission," he said.

Celik said a commission, to be set up Israel on its won, would not have any credibility for Turkey.

"A high-level independent and reliable commission should be formed under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General," he said.

Celik said he had asked the U.S. congressmen to support establishment of such an independent commission.

"Otherwise, they will not serve normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations, but harm Middle East peace," he said.

Celik also said Israel was trying to justify its attack on the "Mavi Marmara" aid ship with propaganda, and it was not recognizing UN resolutions.

Turkey's reaction had nothing to do with anti-Semitism, he said.

Celik said the Jewish citizens in Turkey had no security concerns, and Turkey's stance was against "the aggressive attitude of the Netanyahu government".

The AK Party executive said Turkish-Israeli relations had historical and political importance, and it should not be sacrificed to some imprudent politicians.

Celik also said compensation was one of the indispensable conditions.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2010, 12:41
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