World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday reiterated his country's conditions to mend ties with Israel.
"The answer we have given to those who called us to talk about the Israeli issue has been the same: Firstly, we demand an official apology. Secondly, redress for the relatives of the victims. And thirdly, we demand an end to the blockade on Gaza. Without compliance to any of these three conditions normalization [of relations] is not possible," Erdogan told reporters in a joint press meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovyc in Kiev, Ukraine.
Erdogan's remarks came as response to a question over reported mediation efforts to set relations right between Turkey and Israel which came to a historic low after a deadly Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May 2010 in international waters that killed nine Turkish nationals and wounded many others.
"If there is anyone who would guarantee that all of our conditions will be attained, then they are welcomed to mediate. Otherwise, no need to bother," Erdogan said.
Following a report of an international panel investigating the raid on Mavi Marmara, the lead Turkish vessel of the Gaza flotilla, Turkey reduced its diplomatic relations with Israel to second secretary level, expelling all other Israeli diplomats in Turkey.
The Turkish government also cancelled military agreements and planned military exercises.
A worldwide boycott could alter the Israeli economy, enterpreneurs from the Anatolian Businesspersons' Association and Istanbul Commodity Exchange said.
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Turkish dailies reported Thursday on the latest developments of the operation in Istanbul and other cities against police officers and officials in the wiretapping probe, along with the latest clashes in Israel and Palestine.
Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu postponed a trip to France and left for Qatar in an effort to reach ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.
A major operation in Istanbul and other cities sees 22 more police personnel detained and 14 of them have been sent to court.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu three times on Thursday.
"If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts," Erdogan told a rally of supporters in the southern port city of Mersin.
A major operation in Istanbul and other cities saw 104 police officers and chiefs detained and 22 of them sent to the court.
Troubles in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Israel are forcing airlines travelling between the east and the west to fly through Turkey.
"The U.S., Turkey, Qatar and Egypt have been working for the last five days to ensure an immediate ceasefire," Ahmet Davutoglu said
Turkey called on citizens to immediately leave Libya and avoid non-essential travel after airports were closed down due to shelling.