Turkey continues to pursue justice for Israeli flotilla raid (2)

09:11, January 26, 2011      

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The Turkish report, which was submitted to the panel in September but kept confidential, details both the illegality of the Gaza blockade, the unnecessary force the Israeli commandos used in the flotilla raid, as well as the ill-treatment of survivors afterward.

The Israeli report, submitted and released last week, argues for the legality of the raid and addresses the concerns brought up by the Turkish report and a report by the UN Human Rights Commission.

On how the Israeli report will affect Turkish-Israeli relations, Rende said "this report will not be helpful at all."

He added, had the report acknowledged that Israel had done something wrong to win over some of the Turkish public, it might have helped.

With both reports submitted, the panel will convene in February or March over many sessions to discuss the reports.

"We have made it clear we are seeking justice, if there is none, we will continue to use international mechanisms," he added.

If nothing comes out of the panel, then Turkey's next plan is to go to the Human Rights Council.

Source: Xinhua
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