UN flotilla panel visits Turkey 23Aug10 August 25, 2010

Palestine Note -  23 August 2010

A panel of inquiry put together by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate Israel’s May 31 attack on a flotilla of aid ships en route to Gaza held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara Monday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established a UN inquiry to investigate the Israeli raid of a convoy of aid ship, bound for Gaza, in international waters May 31. [UNDP - Wikimedia Commons]

Hurriyet reported:

The U.N. delegation visited Atatürk Hospital to meet with activists injured during the flotilla incident and collect data, then they held a meeting at the Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry sources told the Hürriyet Daily News. The delegation was also scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu at 4:30 p.m.

After their meetings in Ankara, members of the mission were scheduled to fly to Istanbul late Monday. The delegation will confer with the domestic Turkish investigation commission, hear testimony from witnesses of the attack, including those who were injured, and meet leaders from Turkish state ministries and institutions.

The commission members will also examine the Turkish ships involved in the “Freedom Flotilla” aid convoy voyage – the Mavi Marmara, site of the 9 activist deaths, the Defne Y and the Gazze. The ships were returned to Turkey last month after being held in Israel since the raid.

Turkey is “giving its full support to the UN panel,” the report said. Turkey has launched its own investigation into the May 31 raid, and the Turkish panel of inquiry intends to submit its findings to the UN in plenty of time for the UN panel’s mid-September progress report deadline.

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