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TURKEY-ISRAEL -Israeli embassy minister-counsellor summoned to Turkish foreign ministry.

ANKARA, September 05, 2011 (TUR) - Minister-Counsellor Ella Aphek with the Israeli Embassy in Ankara was summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry. Diplomatic sources said Monday that Aphek was summoned to the ministry on Sunday, and Turkish officials verbally declared Turkey's decision about Israel. On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos raided a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine Turkish nationals one of whom was a U.S. citizen. Turkey said after the attack that it expected Israel to make a formal apology, pay a certain compensation to the families of the victims and to end its blockade over Gaza. The United Nations established an inquiry panel to examine the incident. The UN panel's long-awaited "Palmer Report" was handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 2. The report said Israel's interception of the vessels was "excessive and unreasonable," while the flotilla acted "recklessly" in attempting to breach the naval blockade. It also said the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza was imposed as a "legitimate security measure" to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea. Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a series of decisions concerning Turkish-Israeli relations. The decisions included downgrading Turkish-Israeli diplomatic ties to the level of a second-secretary, suspension of military agreements, measures pertaining to freedom of navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean and demanding a review of the Israeli blockade over Gaza by the International Court of Justice.

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Publication:Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)
Geographic Code:7ISRA
Date:Sep 5, 2011
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