Turkey demands Israel explain general's remarks

February 14, 2009 16:31


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Turkey's foreign ministry has issued a protest to to Israel on Saturday over a senior Israeli general's remarks criticizing Turkey. The ministry said that it summoned Israeli Ambassador Gabby Levy to discuss comments made February 10 by Israel's Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi. Turkish media reported that the Israeli general accused Turkey of massacring Armenians, oppressing Kurds and occupying Cyprus. Turkey's military said that the remarks "cannot be accepted under any condition" and "can harm national interests between the two countries." The general's remarks were an apparent response to Turkey's prime minister, who scolded President Shimon Peres over the operation in Gaza at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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