Turkish FM criticizes Israeli FM's refusal to apologize

09:48, July 07, 2010      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday strongly criticized Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's refusal to apologize over the flotilla crisis.

Davutoglu had harsh words with his Israeli counterpart Tuesday, the latest salvo in the quarrel over the flotilla crisis that has brought the one-time allies to the brink of cutting ties.

"What Avigdor Lieberman said has no value for us," Davutoglu said in televised remarks Tuesday, referring to the Israeli foreign minister's call for Turkey to apologize.

The Turkish foreign minister harshly criticized Lieberman, saying he did not view his Israeli counterpart as a proper go- between "owing to his rhetoric and attitude."

In an interview on Sunday with Hurriyet Daily News on his plane returning from Kyrgyzstan, Davutoglu warned to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if the latter does not apologize over the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in late May, which killed nine people on board.

"Israelis should either apologize or acknowledge an international-impartial inquiry and its conclusion. Otherwise, our diplomatic ties will be cut off," Davutoglu said.


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