Israeli delegation to discuss compensation for Flotilla of Freedom firing
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 28 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
Next week, an Israeli delegation will visit Ankara to discuss the issue of paying compensation to the families of the Flotilla of Freedom who were killed, the Turkish newspaper Radical reported today.
According to the newspaper, the exact date of launching negotiations is still unknown.
Relations between Turkey and Israel worsened after the Israeli naval attacks on the Flotilla of Freedom carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31, 2010. Nine Turks fell victim to the confrontation.
The Turkish authorities have urged Israel to make an official apology and pay compensation.
The agreement on normalisation of relations between Turkey and Israel was reached last Friday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apologised for violations committed during the maritime operation that resulted in the deaths of Turkish citizens.
As the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister said, government heads had agreed to restore normal relations including the return of ambassadors and Turkey's refusal to legally prosecute Israeli servicemen.
Israel's apology to Turkey for the death of nine Turkish citizens, as well as fulfilment of all Ankara's conditions is a victory for Turkish diplomacy.