Turkey condemns Israel despite declaration veto

13:42, June 09, 2010      

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The third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) is held in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2010. Presidents and senior officials from about 40 countries started Asian confidence-building summit here Tuesday morning. (Xinhua/Chen Ming)

With Israel vetoing a condemnation of its raid on the Gaza flotilla by an international summit, Turkey held a separate press conference here on Tuesday to condemn Israel.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, "All the members, except one, expressed their grave concern and condemnation of the actions undertaken by the Israeli defense forces against the international civilian flotilla transporting humanitarian aid materials to the Gaza Strip."

The Turkish president made the statement at a press conference held shortly after the conclusion of the third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The final declaration by CICA summit can only be made by consensus, and Israel is the only one among the 22 members which vetoed the condemnation.

"This showed how Israel has isolated itself from the other 21 countries," said Gul.

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