Turkey's US envoy warns Ankara 'about to lose a friend'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 4, 2010 20:54

WASHINGTON — Turkey's ambassador to Washington is warning that his country could be forced to break relations with Israel unless Israel apologizes for its deadly raid against a Turkish aid ship.

In a meeting with reporters Friday, Namik Tan outlined three Turkish demands for Israel, including a public apology. He said Israel also must accept a credible independent investigation of the raid and end its blockade on Gaza.

When asked if Turkey might break relations, Tan cited the high emotions of the Turkish public about the raid. "We don't want this to go to that point," he said, but added that "the government might be forced to take such an action."

Tan said that Turkey has been a friend to Israel before adding his country was "about to lose that friend."


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