Turkey to Resort to International Law Against Isreali Attack on Turkish Ships

Acting Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that Turkey would use its rights stemming from international law against Israeli attack on Turkish ships carrying relief material to Gaza.

Appearing in a press conference held in Ankara Monday, Arinc said "On behalf of Turkish nation and government, we curse this inhumane attack on civilian ships carrying humanitarian relief, material staged by Israeli Air Forces".

We have decided to cancel three military exercises with Israel. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled his trip in Latin America and will arrive in Turkey around noon on Tuesday, Arinc said.

He said by attacking innocent civilians, Israel displayed to the whole world its disregard of human values.

"This attack completely violating international law, and disregarding all human concerns will leave a bloody stain on human history," said Arinc.

He said political authorities responsible for the attack will have to give account for their actions in the international arena.

Arinc said Turkey was making initiatives with Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Arab League, the European union and called on all international organizations to take action.

Arinc said all activists and volunteers onboard the the ships should be urgently returned to their countries in safety calling on Israel to return Turkish citizens and release the arrested ships at once. He also said Turkey made initiatives to bring the injured activists for treatment in Turkey.

He said Israel has been hiding the incident from the international community urging it to inform the world correctly.

[Source: Turkish Weekly, Ankara, 31May10]

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