Mideast diplomacy in fast lane after Gaza flotilla episode

13:36, June 09, 2010      

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by David Harris

The global village has put much of its effort of the last week into condemning Israel and trying to persuade the Jewish state to ease its grip on the Gaza Strip.

In the Middle East, that effort moved into top gear on Monday and Tuesday, just a week after at least nine people lost their lives when Israeli commandoes boarded a Turkish ship heading a flotilla that was trying to breach Israel's marine blockade of the Palestinian coastal enclave.

Heads of state and senior representatives of 20 states held a summit in Istanbul on Tuesday as Turkey took over from Kazakhstan the presidency of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence- building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The body was expected to issue a presidential statement condemning Israel. However, as Israel is a member of the CICA and all decisions must be unanimous, the final wording was understood to be a watered down version of the original proposals.

Meanwhile, Egypt is also a focus of attention as it has opened its crossing into the Gaza Strip and Iran is entering the fray by sending two ships to Gaza, also in a bid to confront Israel's maritime blockade of the strip.
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