Turkey vows to protect legal rights till end

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would continue to follow developments in all international platforms, including the United Nations till the very end.

Turkey vows to protect legal rights till end

Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey would maintain its rightful stance on the deadly attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would continue to follow developments in all international platforms, including the United Nations (UN), till the very end.

"Whoever says whatever, whoever makes whatever comment, we will maintain our rightful stance in and out of Turkey, and we are determined to impose necessary sanctions. We will impose more sanctions if necessary," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov in Ankara.

Davutoglu also said Turkey did not sign the UN report since it did not see Israel's blockade as legitimate.

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 interception 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".

Recently, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a series of decisions concerning Turkish-Israeli relations.

The decisions 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.

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