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Turkish FM insists on Israeli apology, omits threat.

ANKARA, July 6, 2010 (TAP)- Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday insisted on an Israeli apology over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship but refrained from repeating a threat to break off ties with the Jewish state.

Israel must apologise over the May 31 bloodshed on the Turkish Mavi Marmara ferry and pay compensation for the nine victims -- eight Turks and a dual Turkish-US national -- or "Turkey will not stay indifferent," Ahmet Davutoglu said in a television interview.

The minister had told the Hurriyet daily on Monday that Turkey would sever ties with Israel if it failed to meet Ankara's conditions to mend fences.

"Israel should either apologise and pay compensation unilaterally -- as a result of its own inquiry... or if it does not want to do that... it should wait for the results of (a probe by) an international commission," Davutoglu said.

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Date:Jul 6, 2010
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