Veteran diplomat Özdem Sanberk will represent the Turkish side on the UN-led flotilla commission. The committee will hold its first meeting Tuesday and expects to submit an initial progress report in mid-September
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s ambassador to complain about remarks by Defence Minister Ehud Barak suggesting the new head of Turkish intelligence could leak information to Iran, officials said on Tuesday.
Although insisting that the Israeli raid in international waters was ?legitimate? and ?very measured,? which killed nine Turks in the May 31, Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says Israel’s decision to join a UN probe of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship should help patch up ties with Turkey
The formation of an international commission under the auspices of the UN secretary-general to look into the events surrounding the Gaza aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, is a confirmation of the importance of international law and a victory for Turkish diplomacy. The work of the commission and what will follow it will be crucial for Turkish-Israeli relations in the months to
Israel has taken a step back by accepting an international commission?s probe into the bloody raid on the Mavi Marmava. There is a host of question marks about the scope and effectiveness of this problem, but this can still be considered a major diplomatic success on Turkey?s part. Thus, only an apology and compensation remain conditions that need to be fulfilled before Turkey?s relations with Israel return to their previous state.