Turkey’s government has hit out at Israel’s decision to hold its own inquiry into a deadly raid on a Gaza-aid flotilla that killed nine of its citizens two weeks ago.
Israel’s rejection of an entirely independent investigation drew a stinging rebuke from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
“We have no trust in such an investigation carried out by a country which has violated international law by attacking a civilian aid convoy in international waters.”
Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the situation in Gaza.
While they condemned the raid as “unacceptable”, they welcomed Israel’s decision to appoint ex Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble and a former Canadian military prosecutor to assist in the inquiry.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said:
“The intention is to have a group of three Israeli personations, I think it’s a good step because that gives it a sense of credibility and I think it’s a good step.”
Middle East Peace Envoy Tony Blair also attended the talks. He told reporters that he believed Israel would ease its three-year-old blockade of Gaza and allow more commercial goods and constructions supplies to flow freely into the Palestinian territory.