Turkish flotilla probe presents report to UN 2Sep10 September 4, 2010

Palestine Note -  2 September 2010

The Turkish investigation into Israel’s high-seas raid of aid vessels en route to Gaza has submitted its report to the United Nations, World Bulletin reported Thursday.

The Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara was the key interest in the investigation, the report said, as Israeli commandos killed 8 Turkish citizens and a US citizens of Turkish nationality during the raid. They were the only casualties.

World Bulletin reported:

Turkish Ambassador Mithat Rende presented Turkey’s report to UN investigation committee in New York.

Sources said that Turkey’s contacts and initiatives in this issue would continue.

Following the raid, outcry was heard most strongly from Turkey, who greatly reduced ties with Israel. Turkey called for Israel to yield to demands that would restore diplomatic relations between the two nations – Israel must establish and international commission under the UN Security Council to investigate the raid, Israel must issue a formal apology for the raid and pay compensation to those injured and the families of those killed, and lift the blockade on Gaza.

Israel responded that it would not apologize or entertain the other demands.

Turkish Foreign Minister called again Thursday for Israel to issue an apology, Ynet news reported:

“Israel can apologize to Turkey, but the most important thing is that the apology be an open declaration to the international community,” said the minister.

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