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Turkish position on flotilla raid clear: FM

(Xinhua)

10:08, August 18, 2011

ISTANBUL, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday Turkey's position and demands in regard to the attack on the Mavi Marmara by Israeli forces in 2010 is clear and it is up to Israel to decide whether it wants friendship or animosity with Turkey.

"This is a choice for Israel. Either it will normalize ties with Turkey or take a different path," Davutoglu told a press conference in Istanbul after a meeting on ways to assist drought- stricken Somalia.

"Israel's Mavi Marmara action is an international crime. Turkey 's position on this and its demands are clear. The United States and everyone else is informed of what steps we will take if an apology is not forthcoming," he said.

Israeli commandoes boarded the Mavi Marmara, which was leading a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, and killed nine Turkish citizens.

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