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Turkish govt "boycotts" Israeli celebrations

Source : Agencies
Ankara | 17 May 2011

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Israeli Ambassador Gaby Levy was summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry and warned against recent developments.

"What Turkey expected to prevent repetition of similar incidents to Mavi Marmara attack have been relayed to the ambassador," Davutoglu said while speaking at a tv program.

When recalled that participation to Israel's "foundation" anniversary celebrations was low and that nobody from the cabinet attended the celebrations, and asked whether this was a diplomatic boycott, Davutoglu said it was not right to describe this a diplomatic boycott.

Palestinians mark it as "Nakba day" which means massive exodus from their homelands after Israeli occupation.

"It is very meaningful that nobody went there although there was not a boycott decision," Davutoglu said adding that Israel should take this stance into consideration seriously.

Davutoglu said Israel should soon review its stance and should show respect to Turkish nation, "normally, we are careful about national days of the countries. If they want our friendship, criteria of this is clear. Israel should admit its crime and compensate it," he said.

When recalled the news reports that ,"a second flotilla is getting prepared to set sail a short time before the anniversary of the Mavi Marmara attack. There are demands from the United States and Israel to stop this flotilla. Israeli Ambassador in Ankara Levy came to foreign ministry and told to stop the flotilla," Davutoglu said it was out of question for Levy to come to the ministry to make such a warning. "No ambassador can come to Foreign Ministry in Ankara to make warning," he said.

"On the contrary, Deputy Undersecretary Halit Cevik recalled Israeli Ambassador upon my directives, made him serious warnings over the recent developments and gave messages," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Israel should first compensate the mistake it made last year.

Israel killed 9 Turkish activists aboard an international Gaza aid flotilla on international waters.


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