Int'l committee to be set up to investigate Israeli raid: Turkish deputy PM

08:17, June 08, 2010      

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc Monday said an international committee will be formed to investigate the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla even if Israel does not want it.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had called for an immediate investigation into the raid and wanted it to be completed as soon as possible, which is an answer to Turkey's demands, Arinc said in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

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

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

The attack on the flotilla has brought Turkish-Israeli relations to the verge of breaking.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday said in Istanbul that the only way for Turkish-Israeli relations to normalize is that Israel stands before an international commission and takes responsibility for the Gaza flotilla raid.

"If Israel keeps fleeing before an international commission, it will not be possible for our relations to normalize," he said.

Turkey, which cancelled three military exercises with Israel, is also considering calling off military agreements with this country.

Source: Xinhua


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