The secretary general of Arab League criticized the UN report on last year's deadly Israeli attack against a humanitarian aid ship, and called on Arab countries to support Turkey in the following period.
At Arab League HQ in Cairo, Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said that the report did not mention blockade on Gaza and it was prepared only in accordance with the international maritime law. "Is it legal or not to impose embargo on civilians? It was not mentioned in the report. Of course the blockade is illegal," Arabi said.
Arabi said that he had a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu regarding steps that Turkey would take from now on.
Arabi said that Arab countries should support Turkey when it applied to the International Court Justice.
On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos raided a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine Turkish nationals one of whom was a U.S. citizen.
Turkey said after the attack that it expected Israel to make a formal apology, pay a certain compensation to the families of the victims and to end its blockade over Gaza.
The United Nations established an inquiry panel to examine the incident. The UN panel's long-awaited "Palmer Report" was handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 2.
The report said Israel's raid of the vessels was "excessive and unreasonable," while the flotilla acted "recklessly" in attempting to breach the naval blockade. It also said the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza was "legal".
Meanwhile, Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a series of decisions concerning Turkish-Israeli relations.
The measures included downgrading Turkish-Israeli diplomatic ties to the level of a second-secretary, suspension of military agreements, measures pertaining to freedom of navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean and demanding a review of the Israeli blockade over Gaza by the International Court of Justice.
AALast Mod: 05 Eylül 2011, 11:46