'Turkey happy with UN aid role'

Turkish paper: "Ankara pleased Israel gave flotilla aid to the UN."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 17, 2010 10:24
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'Haphazard' cargo is inspected at the Ashdod port.

flotilla aid 311. (photo credit: Ron Friedman)

The Turkish government has expressed satisfaction with the Israeli decision to transfer the aid from the flotilla ship, Mavi Marmara, to the UN for distribution in Gaza, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported on Thursday.

The paper quoted a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement saying "the fact that the humanitarian aid material on ships taking part in the Gaza aid convoy will be distributed to Gaza by the UN with consent of all parties is considered a positive development in regards to allowing the aids project to achieve its goal."

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In a separate development the Turkish news agency Anadolu announced that a monument is to be erected in a suburb of Istanbul in memory of the people killed in the raid.

The Mavi Marmara is the ship on which nine activists were killed in the IDF commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

In protest of the Israeli blockade, Hamas refused to allow the aid from the flotilla into Gaza.

An agreement was reached on Tuesday whereby Israel would hand the aid to the UN, and the UN would take responsibility for delivering the aid to Gaza, while ensuring that it was used in used in authorized humanitarian projects.


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