Turkey demands names of alleged terrorists from Israel
If there were terrorists on board the Turkish Mavi Marmara humanitarian ship, Israel should give their names to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet newspaper.
Relations between Turkey and Israel worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza May 31. As a result of the attack, nine people were killed, including eight Turkish citizens, 19 were injured.
Ankara has demanded an immediate investigation into the events from the international community.
The Israeli officials said passengers first attacked the soldiers as they tried to stop the ship.
In addition, Israel stated that terrorists associated with al-Qaeda were possibly on board the fleet.
Israel should provide names as evidence of their existence, Davutoglu told journalists.
"We are ready to cooperate in an investigation with a commission that will be unbiased and take an open approach because Turkey wants to know the truth. Why were nine Turkish citizens killed in international waters? Nobody has the right to kill our citizens," Davutoglu said.
Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party Omar Celik Monday said Turkey may possibly cancel military agreements with Israel, with whom it had maintained close ties in the military and technical spheres for over 10 years, RIA Novosti reported.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also warned about the possibility of minimizing relations with Israel.
He also said Turkey will use its rights according to international law to prosecute Israel.
According to local media, Turkey will use the third summit of heads of states and governments of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Istanbul Tuesday as an international platform to publicly condemn Israel and.
Israeli Ambassador to Ankara will represent the country at the summit.