Turkish FM: Normalization with Israel - out of the question
Turkey's foreign minister on Monday urged Israel to accept an international investigation into last week's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turks. According to the AP, Ahmet Davutoglu said Israel should declare it agrees to the probe proposed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He said: "Otherwise, it means that they have something to hide."
Israel's ambassador to the U.S. has said Israel rejects the idea.
"The international community is facing a serious test. Does a country have the right to intercept a ship in international waters or not?" Davutoglu said at a news conference with the foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We are evaluating everything. It is up to Israel how our ties will continue," Davutoglu said. "Israel has to accept the consequences of its actions and be held accountable." Davutoglu said "normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations was out of the question," unless Israel conforms to international law. He said Turkey would pursue accountability in the killing of its nine citizens until the end.