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.
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A Turkish government official said it was the first time a Turkish prime minister had offered such explicit condolences.
Turkey condemned the forceful removal of the Ukrainian flag in the Crimean Tatar Mejlis by a group with unmarked military uniforms.
Turkey is looking good to potential investors according to visitors to the Borsa Istanbul forum in New York.
Turkey's President Gul calls for further cooperation with New Zealand on economy and commerce as he hosts New Zealand Governor-General Mateparae.
Former ministers will attend parliamentary debate corruption inquiry.
"The people do not want to see protesters clashing with police in the street. The people don't want streets scenes dominated by stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails" Erdogan said
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz will open the fair, and International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol will deliver a speech during the opening ceremony.
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Rabaa Rahmoun jumped into the Halic River to save an elderly man from drowning.
CHP's unsuccessful mayoral candidate in Ankara, Mansur Yavas, tweeted that he had taken the battle to the Constitutional Court
Turkey's flag carrier airline company, THY, launches its new route to Stavropol, Russia.
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