Turkey, Israel agree on draft text on flotilla raid compensation

Officials discussed the amount of the compensation for families of the Mavi Marmara victims.

Turkey, Israel agree on draft text on flotilla raid compensation

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish and Israeli officials met again in Jerusalem to discuss compensation payments to the families of the victims of a fatal 2010 Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The Turkish committee headed by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and the Israeli delegation led by the Israeli prime minister's advisor Joseph Ciechanover and Yaakov Amidror, President of the National Security Council, met on Monday.

Turkey and Israel agreed on a draft agreement text, which assessed the parameters for the compensation, announced Turkish Foreign Ministry.

At the ends of the meeting, a draft agreement agreed upon by both sides was produced. However it was specified that some issues have yet to be clarified.

The sides are expected to meet again to clarify these matters in the coming days. 

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc is coordinating the compensation process.

Arinc said, "the amount of the compensation was not assessed; however, the calculation base for compensation was assessed, and principles were set." 

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the second meeting on Gaza flotilla compensation was very positive and constructive, adding there might not be a need for a third meeting.

The second meeting between Turkey and Israel on compensation payments to the families of the victims of 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla ended on Monday.

The meeting, which took place in Jerusalem, lasted six and a half hours.

The flotilla compensation was one of Turkey's key demands to agree to restore full diplomatic ties after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended an official apology for the deaths in Gaza raid. Turkey had also demanded from Israel to lift all restrictions on import of goods into Gaza.

The Gaza flotilla raid by Israel was held against six ships of the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" on May 31, 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and Turkish Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms & Humanitarian Relief (IHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials to the blockaded Gaza Strip. 

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