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US rejects UN report on Gaza flotilla raid

ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 9/30/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The United States' sole dissenting vote on a draft UN resolution critical of Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has drawn a negative reaction from FM Davutoğlu.

The United States’ sole dissenting vote on a draft U.N. resolution critical of Israel’s May 31 raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara drew a negative reaction Wednesday from Turkey’s foreign minister.

“We expect our allies to see the subject as a matter of solidarity,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said, expressing his disappointment while in the United States.

The United Nations passed the resolution with 30 votes; only the United States objected, though 15 European Union member countries abstained from voting, something Davutoğlu also criticized.

“It is a matter that contradicts the principles and human rights embraced by the European Union,” the Turkish foreign minister said.

The resolution draft was presented by Pakistan, representing the 57 countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Three experts from the European Commission of Human Rights analyzed the draft, which endorses a report that concluded there is enough evidence on the flotilla raid to provide grounds to a file a lawsuit for murder, torture and inhumane treatment.

Nine aid activists, including eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent, were killed during the raid of the vessel.

Passengers on the Mavi Marmara are meanwhile preparing to take a case to the International Criminal Court, following a report released by the European Commission of Human Rights on human-rights violations.

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