Monday, March 25, 2013

Turkey conditions normalization on Israel ending Gaza blockade, compensating for flotilla

Resuming normal ties with Israel will take time, PM Erdogan clarifies: Israel must make good on its promises first. 
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday suggested that normalization of ties with Israel would take time, hinting that Turkey wanted to ensure the victims of a flotilla raid were compensated and Israel remained committed to the easing of restrictions of goods to Gaza before restoring relations.
"We have said: An apology will be made, compensation will be paid and the blockade on Palestine will be lifted. There will be no normalization without these," he said in a public address on Sunday. "Normalization will happen the moment there is an implementation. But if there is no implementation, then I am sorry."
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