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  9/2/2011, Elul 3, 5771

Turkey to Respond to Leaked Flotilla Report Friday


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is scheduled to hold a to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. on Friday to present “Turkey’s position and reaction” to the report.leaked by the New York Times on Thursday about the United Nations findings in the case of Israel's interception of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara when it tried to break the Gaza naval blockade in 2010, according to Today's Zaman. The report, which will be published officially on Friday, acknowledges that Israeli commandos who boarded the ship were met by violent attacks but said Israel used excessive force in its response, which resulted in the deaths of nine of the activists on board. It also says the blockade is legitimate under international law.

Davutoğlu criticized the leak during a news conference in Paris on Thursday. He added that Friday's “comprehensive statement” on the issue will largely focus on Israel’s failure to meet the demands of Turkey rather than the report itself. He added that Turkey’s demands – an official apology, compensation to families of the victims and lifting the blockade – remain firmly in place.