Turkey says to isolate Israel over probe refusal

Davutoglu said that Israel would be isolated after refusal to accept international probe over deadly Turkish Gaza ship attack.

Turkey says to isolate Israel over probe refusal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Israel would be isolated after refusal to accept international probe over deadly Turkish Gaza ship attack.

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.

In an interview on Kanal 24 tv channel, Davutoglu said if Israel did not accept establishment of an international investigation committee on its raid on aid convoy bound for Gaza, there would be sanctions that would be imposed by Turkey.

"We will isolate Israel at every ground," he said.

Turkey would keep exerting efforts for end of blockade of Gaza by Israel, he said.

Davutoglu said they first wanted a resolution of the UN to be issued and they also wanted to take this issue to other international platforms.

In regard to the country's EU accession process, Davutoglu said they worked really hard for this process and they exerted every kind of effort on the matter.

Ankara recalled its ambassador from Israel and scrapped plans for three joint military exercises.

Turkey said it would reduce economic and defence ties with Israel.

However, Israeli companies have been among the main recepients of lucrative tenders to equip the Turkish army.

One project, worth 183 million dollars, involves the manufacture of 10 unmanned aircraft and related surveillance equipment for the Turkish army in a joint venture led by Israel Aerospace Industries.

Israel rejects any international role in probe, insists "own probe" into attack on international aid activists in international waters.

Last Mod: 10 Haziran 2010, 12:23
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