Reconciliation deal with Israel approved by Turkish parliament

Published August 20th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu arrives for an AKP group meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, May 3, 2016. (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)
Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu arrives for an AKP group meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, May 3, 2016. (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)

Turkey's parliament approved a reconciliation deal with Israel, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday, paving the way for the two countries to appoint ambassadors and begin putting six years of strife behind them.

Ties were ruptured in 2010 when Israeli naval commandos raided a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla as it headed to breach the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Ten Turkish nationals - one with joint US citizenship - died as a result of the raid on the ship, Mavi Marmara.

The ratification by parliament was expected last month, but was delayed because of a failed coup in Turkey.

Under the last stage of the deal, Israel will transfer a lump sum of 20 million dollars into a Turkish government account, which will then be distributed to the families of those killed aboard the flotilla.

This should be completed within 25 days of the deal entering into force.

Also, Turkey agreed no individuals would be held accountable for the deaths.

Turkey and Israel inked a deal in June. Ankara has also begun to open up to other foes, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently visiting Russia to mend fences.


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