Turkey to raise Israel’s Gaza blockade to The Hague

Turkish FM Davutoglu says Ankara will start process at Int’l Court of Justice for investigation into “what Gaza blockade really is.”

ISTANBUL – Turkey said on Saturday that it would apply next week for an  investigation by the International Court of Justice into the legality of Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Speaking to Turkish  state-run television during a gathering of European foreign ministers in Poland, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also reiterated  Turkey’s support for efforts to win recognition for a Palestinian state  through the United Nations.

On Friday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and froze military  agreements with Israel after a UN report on the killing of nine Turks  during an IDF raid on a Gaza-bound ship a year.

The UN report concluded that the blockade was “a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons entering Gaza by sea.”

Davutoglu said Turkey did not accept that conclusion, noting that it contradicted the UN Human Rights Council’s findings.

“We will start the application process to the International Court of  Justice within the next week, for an investigation into what the Gaza  blockade really is,” Davutoglu told TRT news channel.

Turkey has  also said it will pursue criminal cases against officials responsible  for the killings of the nine Turks, one of whom was a US citizen.

“Israel has to make a choice, the Arab Spring will bring about a significant  enmity against Israel if it fails to change its attitude regarding  regional issues,” Davutoglu told TRT news channel.

(www.jpost.com / 03.09.2011)

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