Turkey planning to downgrade relations with Israel

June 17, 2010 11:50

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is considering downgrading diplomatic relations with Israel and reviewing economic and military cooperation unless Jerusalem takes steps to make amends for the deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

The official said that Turkey wants Israel to apologize for the raid, return the seized ships, agree to an international investigation and offer compensation for the victims. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.The official said Turkey's envoy will not return if demands are not met "within a reasonable time frame."

Turkey is also looking into the possibility of freezing some cooperation projects.

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