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Turkish premier says Turkey does not have any problems with Israeli nation

Turkey Materials 22 September 2011 04:57
Turkey's prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey did not have any problems with the Israeli people.
Turkish premier says Turkey does not have any problems with Israeli nation

Turkey's prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey did not have any problems with the Israeli people, AA reported.

An Israeli journalist wanted to ask a question to Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he arrived at the Turkish House in New York.

After Erdogan's guards searched the journalist's bag, the Israeli journalist asked what Erdogan was thinking about Israeli people.

Erdogan said he had a word to say to the Israeli administration, not the Israeli people, after the brutal massacre in international waters.

"They (the Israeli administration) will either apologize or pay compensation, and besides they will naturally lift embargo on Gaza," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said Turkey did not have any problems with the Israeli people, and the problem was with the Israeli government.

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.

Recently, 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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