Ankara, 28 Jumadil Awal 1434/9 April 2013 (MINA) – Turkey has delayed the start of talks this week with Israel over compensation that Israel will pay to victims of a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting late Monday (8/4) ago.
“The compensation meeting with Israel has been delayed to April 21 or 22,” said Arinc as Maan reported monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
Arinc, who was due to head the Turkish side during the talks, said the meetings had to be rescheduled because he would be accompanying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a trip to Kazakhstan this week.
The news of the delay came a day after the victims of the raid said they would not withdraw their lawsuit against Israeli Commanders despite the official Turkey-Israel compensation talks.
Israeli and Turkish Officials were originally scheduled to meet on April 12 for breakthrough negotiations over compensation for which Israel apologized last month.
Ties between Israel and its closest Muslim ally Turkey hit an all-times low in May 2010 when Israeli Commandos staged a botched pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla to the Gaza Strip, killing nine Turkish nationals.
The assault triggered an international outcry and Severely damaged relations between regional allies Turkey and Israel, with Ankara demanding a formal apology and compensation for the families of the victims.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited Istanbul on Sunday, called on Turkey and Israel to fully normalize their ties.
On March 20, 2013 ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed apology to Erdogan at the insistence of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the colonial state.
The relations between Israel and Turkey stagnated after Israeli forces launched a raid on the Mavi Marmara, which killed nine Turkish volunteers and hundreds of others were injured.
Actually, Israel has repeatedly asked Turkish’s apology. However, Turkey refused, even to reconsider it. An Israeli official said that an apology was issued since two years ago, but it was turned down.
Erdogan himself several times condemned Israel and called that they are the real terorist. He said at the opening of the fifth session United Nations held in Vienna, Austria in March 2013. “Zionism is anti-Semitism and the like fascism that causes people to be afraid of Islam. It was a crime against humanity,” said Erdogan. (T/P04/P03)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)