Israeli-Turkish talks in NY fail to find way to end crisis

07.07.2011                      05.Tammus, 5771

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Israeli-Turkish talks in NY fail to find way to end crisis

Talks continue, despite harsh disagreement over 'Marmara' apology; PM says legitimacy of Gaza blockade needs to be acknowledged.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman locked horns with his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday over the issue of an Israeli apology for the Mavi Marmara affair, with Lieberman saying an apology was not in the offing, and Ahmet Davutoglu demanding it as a condition for a resumption of normal ties.
“As far as we’re concerned, there is no reason to apologize,” Lieberman said in a meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Wednesday. “Turkey wants to give the impression that they can dictate terms, and we’ll accept them as if they’re a superpower. It’s a matter of honor to them.”…