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No reconciliation with Israel until end of Gaza siege: Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media in Ankara
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Gaza, ARAY - Turkish Prime Minister, Receb Taayib Erdogan, said Tuesday that Israel should lift the siege over the Gaza Strip as a condition for signing a reconciliation agreement and normalizing relations between the two countries.

Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara alongside Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, that Turkey will not accept less than a written approval from Israel to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.

The Turkish Prime Minister pointed out that there is a progress in the ongoing negotiations with Israel but it is not over yet. He added that Turkey has received an apology from Israel, and that talks over compensation for the families of those killed and wounded on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010 are ongoing. "Nothing will happen without lifting the siege on Gaza," he said.

Hebrew media reported recently that the negotiations on compensation for the families of those killed on the Mavi Marmara has progressed significantly  and that Israel has offered to pay $20 million in  compensation to the families.

Julie Webb-Pullman
Great news for the families of the martyrs, and for Gaza - after all, these men lost their lives trying to break the llegal Israeli siege. Thumbs up to Erdogan, and his government's principled stand.