Turkey's representative in the UN Panel of Inquiry working on the Mavi Marmara incident said on Wednesday that report of the panel of inquiry would release its report on July 27.
"July 27 is the 'last opportunity' to resolve crisis between Israel and Turkey," Ambassador Ozdem Sanberk, representative of Turkey in the Panel of Inquiry, told Haaretz newspaper in a telephone conversation.
Sanberk said relations would normalise in case Israel apologized.
"We could solve the problem one day after the incident, however we lost a year," Sanberk said adding that, "we will send our ambassador back to Tel Aviv in case Israel apologizes and we will resume relations that continued for long years. Of course there will be issues on which we can not agree, however we will sit at table and negotiate them and will be in an effort to solve them. What I am talking about can only be made within the scope of normal diplomatic relations. This situation is not so at the time being," Sanberk said.
Sanberk refrained from giving details of the talks between the parties, noting that an accurate formula should be found to put an end to the problem.
Sanberk said, "no statement has been made from Israel although nine people were killed and many others were wounded. Forensic medicine evidences state that the victims were shot a few times. No Israel soldier died. One of the two countries, who never battled with each other in the past, lost its nine citizens. We deserve an apology."
Sanberk also said it was not Turkey but UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who wanted the report to be delayed to give more time to the parties.
Israeli navy attacked on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, killing eight Turks and a Turkish American.
Last month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the committee would present the report to himself in July.
The Panel of Inquiry on the flotilla incident of May 31, 2010 was established on August 2, 2010. It is chaired by Geoffrey Palmer, former prime minister of New Zealand. The deputy chair of the panel is the former president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
The panel included Joseph Ciechanove of Israel and retired Turkish ambassador Ozdem Sanberk.
Turkey presented its preliminary report to the panel on September 1, 2010, and its final report on February 11, 2011.
Israel, which was obliged to present its report to the panel last November, could only submit its first report on January 23, 2011.
Turkish Ambassador Mithat Rende expressed verbally Turkey's views and legal theses on the "Mavi Marmara" aid ship investigation at the panel on April 26. Israel made its verbal statement on April 27.
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