Turkey says experienced diplomat to join UN's Israel probe

Davutoglu said that his ministry consulted with Turkish President Gul and PM Erdogan on the appointment of an experienced Turkish diplomat to the UN panel of inquiry.

Turkey says experienced diplomat to join UN's Israel probe

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday Turkey's representative in the United Nations (UN) panel of inquiry on May 31 deadly Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which Israeli commandos killed eight Turkish activists and a 19-yeard-old American of Turkish origin would be "an experienced diplomat".

In an exclusive interview with the AA, Minister Davutoglu said that his ministry consulted with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the appointment of an experienced Turkish diplomat to the UN panel of inquiry.

Turkey's representative in the UN panel of inquiry will be an experienced diplomat. The UN Secretary General will announce the name of this diplomat in a few days, Davutoglu said, not offering a name.

Earlier in the day, Israel announced that it agreed to cooperate with the UN in an investigation into the May 31 attack.

This was the first time that Israel accepted to cooperate with an international committee.

But it is not immediately clear if Israel would allow full access to UN panel members, such as questioning Israeli commandos involved in the flotilla attack.

We expect the UN panel of inquiry to complete its investigation soon. We have full confidence in the UN Secretary General, Davutoglu also said.

The attack strained relations between Turkey and Israel to the point of breaking. Turkey, which withdrew its ambassador and suspended joint military exercises with Israel in protest of the attack, officially demanded an apology from Israel and an international investigation into the attack in international waters.

The United Nations Human Rights Council named its own three-person flotilla commission last month. That panel is also expected to report its findings in September.

The Israeli army's internal inquiry into the raid recommended no disciplinary action against senior officers, and concluded that "the use of live fire was justified" on board the Mavi Marmara.

A separate civilian panel, chaired by former Israeli supreme court judge Jacob Turkel, is also investigating the raid.


Agencies

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