Turkey still awaits Israel to return Gaza aid ships

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs verified that Turkey turned down a request by Israel to use Turkish airspace.

Turkey still awaits Israel to return Gaza aid ships

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs verified that Turkey turned down a request by Israel to use Turkish airspace.

Burak Ozugergin, spokesman for the Ministry, said at a press briefing, "lately, Israel asked Turkey to allow a cargo plane to use its airspace. Turkey turned down the request. On the other hand, Israel has been continuing to use Turkish airspace for civilian flights."

Ozugergin told reporters, "overflights are divided into two groups: Civilian flights and military flights. Civilian flights continue unless they are barred. With regard to military flights, the normal procedure is that for each flight, countries, must ask for permission to use Turkish airspace. It is evaluated on a case-by-case basis."

"It is evident that this is a consequence of the indignation stemming from the military attack on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Turkey wants Israel to apologize, pay compensation to families of the victims and to lift blockage on Gaza. We also want establishment of an independent commission to investigate the incident," he said.

"We said earlier that we will take some precautions till our requests are met. They have already known them. And their public opinion will see those precautions one after the other," he said.

Ozugergin said, "three ships from the flotilla including the Blue Marmara have still been kept in Israel. Turkey requested Israel to return them ten days ago. The UN Security Council also referred to the issue in its statement. Now, we expect Israel to make a decision."

When asked, "Israel has established a national commission. Do you still hope that an international commission will be set up?," Ozugergin said, "this is not only Turkey's expectation. This is the expectation of the international community. We think that the national commission will not yield any result since its chairman said before being elected that a commission was not necessary. Also, members of the commission includes one of founders of the European Friends of Israel and a jurist who wrote many articles against Turkey. Turkey expects establishment of a serious and independent commission."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 10:52

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