Turkish officials say Barak preventing Israeli apology

December 11, 2010 12:50


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A senior Turkish official on Saturday told Turkish paper Today's Zaman that domestic Israeli political considerations may be preventing a return to normal relations between the two countries. He said that the Turkish government supports the talks between the two countries that began in Geneva following Ankara's firefighting aid to Israel during the Carmel fires last week.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek told Today's Zaman that although he hopes "Israel continues to display a constructive approach... it seems difficult for Israel to accept those conditions because of domestic politics." In what may have been an attempt to lower expectations of the talks, he added, "It is unlikely that the relations will develop positively in the short term."

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