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Turkey won’t cooperate with Israel unless
it apologizes, Davutoğlu says. DAILY NEWS photo

Turkey won’t cooperate with Israel unless it apologizes, Davutoğlu says. DAILY NEWS photo

Ankara will not cooperate with Tel Aviv in any international body until it apologizes for the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday following Turkey’s veto of Israel’s participation at next month’s NATO summit.

The minister made the remarks to reporters in the Central Anatolian province of Konya when asked about yesterday’s Hürriyet Daily News report which said Turkey had recently blocked Israel’s participation at the NATO summit in Chicago.

“It is out of the question for us to be together with Israel in any partnership activity in any international organization, not just NATO. We have already said that we have suspended such cooperation, except for forums such as the United Nations where all countries are members,” Davutoğlu said.

“There are certain conditions to be able to have the opportunity for partnership and cooperation. We believe that Israel has failed to meet those conditions. That’s not something that only concerns NATO,” he said.

The minister said Turkey would not consider Israel to be a country worthy of cooperation unless it “shows its goodwill toward Turkey by fulfilling the basic issues that our government has pointed out.” Ankara has long demanded Tel Aviv apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish aid activists who were killed by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 and compensate the victims’ families.

During a ministerial NATO meeting in Brussels last week, Turkey defied appeals from the United States and other NATO heavyweights and blocked Israel’s participation at NATO’s Chicago summit on May 20-21. The meeting saw pointed exchanges between Davutoğlu and his counterparts, according to diplomatic sources. 

Turkey has previously vetoed a number of attempts for closer ties between the alliance and Israel, such as the opening an Israeli office at NATO headquarters and Israel’s participation in the activities of the Mediterranean Dialogue group.

April/24/2012

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Murat

4/25/2012 2:00:37 AM

Execution of unarmed citizens in open seas is nothing that can be swept under. No future Turkish government will or can act differently. Not about AKP anymore. Justice is demanded not apology, which was a gift.

greg gomes

4/24/2012 9:36:30 PM

Mara what is so wrong about a country insisting on justice for its citizens. People were killed , some shot in the back - i did not hear of any IDF deaths on the Mavi Marmara . Well done to Turkey for taking this stance.

Arnold Yesovitch

4/24/2012 5:33:26 PM

Erdogan and Davutoglu both knew the flotilla had militants looking for a fight. They were wrong to allow the flotilla to go with them onboard. Both countries need to accept their responsibility and pay compensation.

mara mcglothin

4/24/2012 2:53:41 PM

TURKIC VOICE You cannot be serious? The esteemed PM and FM are a lot alike. They both have made a laughingstock of Turkey in the international community. Spot on ! MICHAEL JOHNSON.

turkic voice

4/24/2012 10:08:18 AM

Davutoglu is the best, he may be small and nerdy and come across as a soft spoken loser, but his record speaks different. after Erdogan he is the man.

Michael Johnson

4/24/2012 7:07:31 AM

Davutoglu, with the U.S. patronage of Israel, Tel Aviv couldn't care less about your cooperation. Hell will freeze over before Turkey gets an apology on that issue.

Kevin Snapp

4/24/2012 2:16:58 AM

There are two sides to Mavi Marmara. It is one thing to stand up for your country's pride, it is another to insist on humiliating another nation that has no quarrel with Turkey and wishes it well. What good does this do?

dogan kemal ileri

4/24/2012 2:13:15 AM

Once again Turkiye is in Israels face and it will stay there until Israel comes to its senses.

turkic voice

4/24/2012 12:44:29 AM

i like to thank the Turkish government for there stern stance against the Israeli government for the murder of our peaceful civilian people on the Gaza flotilla. nice to see we have not forgotten them.

american american

4/24/2012 12:12:50 AM

can the citizens of sirnak make the same claims about the current government?
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