Turkey FM: Israeli apology deadline is day UN report issued

September 1, 2011 17:28


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Israel's deadline to issue a formal apology to Turkey for the deaths of nine Turks during the May 2010 IDF raid of the flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara will coincide with the day the UN report on the incident is released, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday. The Palmer Commission report on the Mavi Marmara incident was expected to be released on Friday.

The expected Friday release date of the report came after Turkey rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s proposal that publication of the report be postponed for another six months. Release of the report has been delayed repeatedly since May 15, when it was first scheduled to be published.

“It is not remotely possible for us to agree to a six-month delay,” Davutoglu said in an interview with Turkish daily Today's Zaman. “For us the deadline is the day the UN report gets released, or we resort to Plan B,”he added, failing to detail what "Plan B" referred to.

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