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Turkey FM: We can’t stop upcoming aid flotilla to Gaza

On the one year anniversary of Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says democratic governments have no right to stop people from challenging an illegal blockade.

by Reuters via Haaretz

May 30, 2011 | 11:34 am

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Democratic governments cannot stop their citizens launching another aid flotilla to Gaza, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday, a year after the storming of an aid ship by Israeli marines.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments on Friday to discourage the activists from launching a second Gaza flotilla, but Ahmet Davutoglu said democratic governments had no right to stop their people from challenging an illegal blockade.

“No democratic country can think that they have full control over these NGOs (non-government organizations),” he said.

The Israeli action against last year’s aid flotilla created a diplomatic storm and damaged Israel’s relations with Turkey.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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