Turkey set on fully mending ties with Israel, says Erdogan’s aide

21.07.2011                      19.Tammus, 5771

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Turkey set on fully mending ties with Israel, says Erdogan’s aide

Chief adviser to Turkish PM: Netanyahu approved – but Lieberman rejected – past reconciliation agreement, containing the word 'apology' and including compensation payments to families of those killed aboard Mavi Marmara.

Dr. Ibrahim Kalin, the chief adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasized Wednesday in a conversation with Haaretz that Turkey intends to normalize its relations with Israel across the board. "From the return of the ambassador, the renewal of joint military maneuvers, military and civilian cooperation, ministerial visits, and to all other areas, relations will return to how they were before the flotilla incident" of 2010, Kalin said.
Kalin traveled with Erdogan to Northern Cyprus to mark the anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974, in an effort to keep the Greek military junta from taking over the island. He told Haaretz that the recent statement by Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon – that Turkey only wants an Israeli apology and has no intention of normalizing relations – was inaccurate. In light of Ya'alon's remarks, Erdogan asked Kalin to reiterate Turkey's good intentions. Kalin said it seems that "every time we reach some sort of understanding there is someone who makes sure to block the positive progress."…