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Turkey rejects UN flotilla report

(AFP) / 2 September 2011

ISTANBUL — Turkey on Friday rejected a United Nation’s report on a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla as “null and void.”

“Actually, the report is null and void for us,” Turkish President Abullah Gul said in televised remarks.

Turkey on Friday expelled the Israeli ambassador to Turkey and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally Israel after extracts from a yet to be published UN report slammed the “excessive” force used in the raid.

Gul added that Turkey might yet take further action against Israel.

“The measures taken are first level (actions.) Turkey may consider some other measures in the future according to the course of developments and Israel’s actions,” he said.

“Turkey is after peace and stability and there are steps Israel should take in the region for peace and stability. We hope that its allies make Israel recognise those (steps) if it does not,” he said.


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