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Turkish PM insists on Israeli apology

2011-07-23 15:21

Ankara - Turkey's prime minister on Saturday ruled out a normalisation of ties with Israel unless the Jewish state "officially apologises" for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last year.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said relations cannot be improved unless Israel also pays compensation to the families of nine Turkish victims and lifts its embargo on Gaza. Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.

"We did not and will not forget the massacre of our brothers," Erdogan told a meeting of Palestinian ambassadors in Istanbul that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also attending. "No belief... can justify the barbaric and cruel killing of innocent people."

Israel has insisted its soldiers acted in self-defence after being attacked by activists when they boarded the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara. But a Turkish investigation revealed that two activists were killed before commandos boarded the ship and another died "execution-style" as he lay injured.

The commando raid sparked condemnation worldwide and led to an easing of Israel's blockade on the coastal territory. It further damaged already strained relations with Turkey, formerly one of Israel's closest allies in the region.

Erdogan has also voiced support for the recognition of a Palestinian state and accused Israel of using excessive force against the Palestinians.

The Turkish prime minister also criticised the UN and the US for turning a blind eye to Israel's "spoiled practices".

Comments
  • james4usa - 2011-07-23 15:43

    Main Iraq warmongers, R Pearle, P Wolfowitz, C Krauthammer, Joe Lieberman. US cannot afford to fight Israels wars.

  • Phantom - 2011-07-23 16:12

    Okay Turkey, apologise to the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians for what you have done to them during WWI. Also, apologise to the Kurds for what you are doing to them. Filthy hypocrites!

      Jaimo - 2011-07-23 19:58

      ISRAEL ACTION WAS IN DEFENCE and HAS BEEN CLEARED AT INT> ENQUIRY LEVEL!!! Turkey must go try making trouble somewhere else!

  • Phantom - 2011-07-23 16:15

    Okay Turkey, apologise to the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians for what you have done to them during WWI. Also, apologise to the Kurds for what you are doing to them. Filthy hypocrites!

  • Phantom - 2011-07-23 16:15

    Okay Turkey, apologise to the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians for what you have done to them during WWI. Also, apologise to the Kurds for what you are doing to them. Filthy hypocrites!

  • Phantom - 2011-07-23 16:15

    Okay Turkey, apologise to the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians for what you have done to them during WWI. Also, apologise to the Kurds for what you are doing to them. Filthy hypocrites!

  • Phantom - 2011-07-23 16:15

    Okay Turkey, apologise to the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians for what you have done to them during WWI. Also, apologise to the Kurds for what you are doing to them. Filthy hypocrites!

  • Trappers - 2011-07-23 16:59

    Very odd that so many Christians are being killed and persecuted in Turkey.

      Phantom - 2011-07-23 17:24

      Yip. 1,5 million Armenians 1 million (approx.) Greeks 750000 Assyrians (Almost the entire Assyrian population at the time) All this done by the slaughter machine which is Turkey!

  • j4truth - 2011-07-23 19:10

    My friend, a peace loving evangelical Christian, had to flee for His life while travelling in Turkey! They are intollerent pigs and should answer for genocide and ethnic cleansing!!!!!!!!!!

      Martin - 2011-07-23 20:10

      The word "evangelical" says it all! In Afrikaans we have a nice saying: Ek dink jou vriend maak die pap bietjie dik aan. I think at worst he was asked to leave a place because he was telling the locals how sinful they were... I've been to Turkey many times and have only been treated kindly by both the Turks and Kurds. So much so that I am interested in moving there. One should always remember to make a distinction between the people of a country and its government. A point to remember: Turkey is a secular nation and the army has ousted a few governments who lent to far to Islamic fundamentalism.

      Monacoroyals - 2011-07-24 14:28

      martin they used to be normal country... now Turkey = Iran

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