Ankara has denied that Turkey and Israel are at odds over compensation to be paid to the families of people killed during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound ship, the Mavi Marmara, and that the reconciliation talks have reached a deadlock.
A senior Turkish diplomat who spoke to Today's Zaman on condition of anonymity denied a report published in Haaretz which claimed that the Israel-Turkey reconciliation talks have hit an impasse over the scope of compensation.
According to the report, the two countries were deadlocked over the compensation issue as Israel was prepared to pay $100,000 to each family, while Turkey demands that Israel pay $1 million to each family of the nine victims.
Haaretz quoted a senior official in Jerusalem saying despite three rounds of talks, the divisions remain. The senior Israeli official also noted that talks between the two states over compensation have made no progress, adding that there has been telephone contact between the two sides but no breakthrough.
The Turkish diplomat denied there was no progress in the talks, adding that the meetings with the two sides were still going on in a positive manner in order to reach a decision.
“Since the very beginning of the compensation talks, there were reports claiming that Turkey and Israel disagree over the amount to be paid to the families of the victims. We give no attention to such negative reports,” said the diplomat.
The reports claimed that if Israel had been willing to pay $1 million, the Turks would have demanded $10 million.
“The Turks are demanding much higher sums than what Israel is prepared to pay, and this is still under discussion,” said the Israeli official.
However, the Turkish diplomat said the numbers stated for the amount to be paid do not reflect the truth.
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