Families of the Turkish activists that died during the Mavi Marmara raid in 2010 are determined to continue their legal struggle against the IDF soldiers responsible for the raid, despite any agreement made between Turkey and Israel, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported Sunday.
Speaking to Sunday's Zaman, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said that an agreement with Israel would have an effect on the civil lawsuits that the families of the raid victims have initiated. “There are lawsuits filed by those who would receive the compensation. We are aware of their demands. There are talks over acquiring 10 or 20 times the amount of compensation for the trials demanding compensation. If we come up with a bilateral agreement [with Israel], they [the families] will be required to waive their lawsuits, otherwise they will not receive any compensation,” Arınç stated.
However, according Zaman, the families of those killed on the flotilla strongly oppose the Turkish government's stance on the matter.
“They are giving the impression that this file will be closed after talks with Israel. This is not something that the families can accept,” Zaman quoted Ismail Yılmaz, head of the İstanbul-based Mavi Marmara Association, as saying.