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UN calls on Turkey and Israel to patch differences.

Summary: The UN calls on Turkey and Israel to resume ties, after Turkey broke off relations over a report into an attack on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

The United Nations has stepped in to urge Turkey and Israel to improve their relationship.

The once fairly warm feelings between the two nations have deteriorated rapidly since Friday, when a report into an Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla was published.

Nine Turkish nationals were killed when troops were helicopter lifted onto ships carrying, aid organisations say, food and medicine to the strip.

Israel claims its troops opened fire in self-defence, after they were attacked with metal poles and chairs. Those on board, likewise, claim they were acting in self defence.

The UN report into the killings said an Israeli blockade of shipping was a legitimate security measure, but that the military had been too heavy handed.

Turkey was hoping the report would prompt an apology, but when one was not forthcoming, the country expelled Israel's ambassador and put a freeze on military cooperation.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has now issued a statement, urging the two nations to accept the report and resume diplomatic ties.

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Date:Sep 4, 2011
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