Turkey-Israel: negotiations on Mavi Marmara compensation

After Netanyahu apologized to Erdogan for slaying of 9 activists

22 April, 13:14

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 22 - An Israeli delegation on Monday began negotiations with Turkish authorities at the Turkish Foreign Ministry to define the compensation the State of Israel is prepared to pay the families of 9 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists killed by Israeli forces during a 2010 commando attack on the Mavi Marmara ship as it tried to force the Gaza blockade.

    This comes after Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu officially apologized in March to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of the rapprochement between the two countries after three years of interrupted relations.

    One solution might be for Israel to pay the compensation into an aid fund for the victims' families, according to local press.

    Several activist survivors of the Mavi Marmara raid stated recently that compensation payments will not induce them to withdraw their criminal complaints against Israel, as the Jewish state had hoped. The Israeli delegation is led by National Security Council chief Yaakov Amidror, the Turkish one by Foreign Under Secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu. The rapprochement between the two former allies was brokered by US President Barack Obama. (ANSAmed).

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