'Israel must take responsibility'

Turkish FM rebuts PM's testimony placing blame on Ankara.

August 10, 2010 17:23
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The Mavi Marmara ship, aboard which Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla took place on May

Mavi Marmara 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday said that Israel should take full responsibility for the deaths of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed on the Mavi Marmara, Israel Radio reported.

"No one else can take the blame for killing civilians in international waters," Davutoglu was quoted in a Reuters report. "Israel has killed civilians, and should take the responsibility for having done so."

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Davutoglu's comments came as a response to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's testimony before the Turkel Committee, in which he said that Turkey did not make any efforts to stop the Mavi Marmara and should be investigated.

The Turkish foreign minister expressed his confidence in the UN panel which will investigate the ship, and said that the panel will surely find those who are responsible for the deaths.

"Turkey has no responsibility in the attack on the Mavi Marmara flotilla," Davutoglu told Reuters.

The UN panel was set to meet later Tuesday.

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