Israel Police envoy to Turkey to be relocated

Official "was unable to carry out duties vis-a-vis Turkish counterparts," will probably be moved to Romania, says Public Security Minister.

By JPOST.COM
September 19, 2011 20:23
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Israeli and Turkish flags 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Israel Police representative to Turkey will soon be moved to another country, most likely Romania, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Monday.

"He was unable to carry out his duties vis-a-vis his Turkish counterparts and ran into obstacles," Aharonovitch added.

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The move is directly related to the breakdown in relations between the two countries.

The police representative is now in Israel.

The personal security of the official and his family played a part in the decision to remove him from Turkey, the minister added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced earlier this month that Israel's diplomatic presence in Turkey was being cut to second secretary level, effectively expelling Israeli diplomats after details emerged of the Palmer Report which dealt with the IDF raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

Davutoglu said that Turkey was also suspending military agreements after he said that some of the report's findings were unacceptable.

Before The New York Times published the report, Davutoglu warned that if Israel did not apologize for the incident by the time the report was formally released, Turkey would "put Plan B into play."

Plan B refers to a threat made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month that if Israel did not apologize, Turkey would further downgrade ties with Israel and aggressively oppose it in international forums. The Turks have also threatened to cut economic ties as part of a "Plan B."

Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report.


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