UN chief urges Turkey, Israel to improve relations

September 3, 2011 07:07

CANBERRA - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Turkey and Israel on Saturday to improve their relationship and accept the recommendations of a UN report into the deaths of nine Turks in Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound ship.

Realtions between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated since the UN report was made public on Thursday. Turkey has expelled Israel's ambassador and frozen military cooperation after the report failed to prompt an apology from Israel.

Ban said strong ties between Turkey and Israel, which both share a border with Syria, were important for the middle East and the future of the Middle East peace process.

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