Erdogan: Israel must still apologize for 'Mavi Marmara'

December 5, 2010 19:44

Ankara still demands an apology for the IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara and that Israel pay damages to those wounded and the families of those killed during the boarding operation, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated Sunday. Erdogan said that despite Turkey's recent provision of firefighting assistance to Israel's efforts to the control the blazes that broke out in the Carmel region, a new page in Turco-Israeli relations would be possible without addressing the outstanding Turkish requests made in the aftermath of the failed May 31 attempt to break the Gaza blockade.

"If a hand is outstretched towards us, we will not leave it hanging in the air," Erdogan was quoted by Israel Radio as saying in a speech delivered in central Turkey. He continued, " but we want to see an indication that it is a sincere gesture."

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