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last updated June 21, 2010
published June 16, 2010
Press Release of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the establishment of an Israeli commission
Read more:  Turkey, flotilla, Freedom flotilla, Gaza aid convoy, aid convoy
Summary: Turkey issued a press release concerning the establishment of Israeli inquiry commission into Israeli raid on Freedom Flotilla aid convoy. It says that the commission composed of Israeli citizens and two foreign observers does not comply with Turkey’s demands and international community’s expectations.
News
Iran says Gaza aid delegation to go on Lebanon ship
June 26, 2010
Irish groups to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla
Aug. 30, 2010
Aid convoy arrives in Syria
Oct. 3, 2010


Multimedia
US boat to Gaza turned back by Greek commandos
Democracy Now interviews Gaza flotilla participants
al-Jazeera Int. interviews its reporter aboard the Mavi Marmara
Promotional piece for Rachel Corrie MV


Documents
EU's Catherine Ashton speech at the European Parliament on the situation in Gaza
French Consulate's Translation of Statement of Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs on the Israeli Operation Against the Peace Flotilla
UNHRC Report investigating Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance


Background
Gaza aid convoys and flotillas


Resources
US lifeline to Gaza, al-Ahram weekly, 9 - 15 July 2009, Issue No. 955
Statement of John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the Free Gaza Flotilla Crisis, UN OCHA, May 31, 2010
Witness Gaza official website


Document Text
No: 132

14 June 2010

  
PRESS RELEASE
(Unofficial Translation)

Israel’s declaration that it will establish a commission, composed of Israeli citizens and two foreign observers, in order to investigate the Israeli raid against the Freedom Flotilla does not in any way meet Turkey’s clear demand or international community’s expectations, which were expressed in the Presidential Statement of the United Nations Security Council.

Israel does not have the authority to assign a national commission to investigate a crime perpetrated in international waters. An inquiry to be conducted by such a commission cannot be impartial, fair, transparent and credible.

Turkey has indeed already agreed to the proposal by the UN Secretary General to establish an international commission to be composed of one Turkish, one Israeli and three international experts. We strongly condemn Israel’s disregard of this proposal to date.

We expect that the international community, above all, the USA that lost a citizen of her own, support this constructive proposal by the UN Secretary General and take action in that direction without delay.



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Consulate General Of The Republic Of  Turkey in Jerusalem
Secretary Office
Tel. 02-5910555/6/7
Fax 02-5820214
Document Text
No: 132

14 June 2010

  
PRESS RELEASE
(Unofficial Translation)

Israel’s declaration that it will establish a commission, composed of Israeli citizens and two foreign observers, in order to investigate the Israeli raid against the Freedom Flotilla does not in any way meet Turkey’s clear demand or international community’s expectations, which were expressed in the Presidential Statement of the United Nations Security Council.

Israel does not have the authority to assign a national commission to investigate a crime perpetrated in international waters. An inquiry to be conducted by such a commission cannot be impartial, fair, transparent and credible.

Turkey has indeed already agreed to the proposal by the UN Secretary General to establish an international commission to be composed of one Turkish, one Israeli and three international experts. We strongly condemn Israel’s disregard of this proposal to date.

We expect that the international community, above all, the USA that lost a citizen of her own, support this constructive proposal by the UN Secretary General and take action in that direction without delay.



--
Consulate General Of The Republic Of  Turkey in Jerusalem
Secretary Office
Tel. 02-5910555/6/7
Fax 02-5820214
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