Turkey: int'l committee to probe deadly aid attack if Israel refusal

Arinc said an international committee would be established to investigate the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla even if Israel did not want it.

Turkey: int'l committee to probe deadly aid attack if Israel refusal

Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said an international committee would be established to investigate the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla even if Israel did not want it.

Arinc told reporters in Ankara that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for an immediate investigation into the raid and wanted it to be completed as soon as possible.

He said the Secretary General announced that he would appoint former premier of New Zeland Geoffrey Palmer as the head of the committee which would comprise of members from Turkey and Israel.

"This is an answer to Turkey's demands. It is a display of sensitivity," said Arinc.

When asked about Israel's refusal to contribute representatives to the international committee, Arinc said the committee would be established and make an investigation even if Israel did not want it.

Arinc said this response showed Israel's state of mind, adding that Israel was in fear and worry because of the crime it committed and the hostility it displayed.

He said Turkey was demanding the investigation to be concluded in two months and a report to be submitted to the UN subsequently.

Israeli navy forces stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31, killing 8 Turkish citizens and a U.S. Citizen of Turkish descent and injuring around 30 others.

The UN Security Council condemned the incident with a presidential statement upon Turkey's call, which immediately recalled its Ambassador to Israel.

The attack on the flotilla brought Turkey-Israeli relations to the verge of breaking. Turkey which cancelled three military exercises with Israel, is considering to cancel military agreements with this country.


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