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Deadline for UN probe into deadly flotilla raid postponed yet again

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A U.N. inquiry into the Mavi Marmara tragedy has again postponed the release of its report. The report will be released in April. Nine Turkish activists were killed in a raid by Israeli soldiers last May as the Mavi Marmara sailed toward Gaza as part of an international aid flotilla, largely freezing relations between the once-friendly states. Reconciliation efforts between Turkey and Israel received a jump-start with meetings between high-level officials in Geneva last month but ultimately failed to produce results.

People visit the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which the Israeli Navy raided on May 31, 2010, in Istanbul's Sarayburnu port . AA photo

People visit the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which the Israeli Navy raided on May 31, 2010, in Istanbul’s Sarayburnu port . AA photo
As the possibility of reconciliation at a bilateral level between Turkey and Israel has dimmed, the focus has turned one more time to the U.N. inquiry into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that left nine Turks dead.

The deadline for the U.N. probe, announced last August, has been postponed once more to April. The Turkish side remains anxious to finish the inquiry before May 31, the anniversary of the deadly incident. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set mid-September last year for the panel to submit a first progress report. Chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, the panel included an Israeli and a Turk among its four members. Turkey handed its own report into the incidents on Sept. 1, as both countries were asked to present their national inquiries to the panel by that date.

Israel’s acquiescence to cooperating with the U.N. probe was unprecedented, and came as a result of months-long negotiations on the panel’s mandate. Yet as Israel has not presented the panel its own investigation report, the deadline for the work of the panel had been first postponed to the end of February. As Israel continued to delay handing in its report, a move that is expected to finally be done in the second half of this month, the deadline of the panel’s work has one more time been postponed to late March-early April, the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review has learned. The panel plans to start work in the second week of February. “We don’t want any further postponement. The panel’s work should finish before May 31,” said a Turkish official familiar with the process.

Israel concerned by prosecution of its citizens

The May 31 incident further deteriorated the already strained relations between the two countries.

A meeting in Geneva last month of senior officials from Turkey and Israel to mend fences failed to produce results. Turkey asks for a formal apology as well as compensation for the victims’ families.

The Geneva talks followed Turkey’s decision a week prior to send two aircraft to help fight a forest fire in Israel.

Despite statements to the contrary, diplomatic sources say a formula can be accepted by both sides including a formal apology, yet Israel’s concern of a possible prosecution of its citizens remains the main stumbling block to an agreement. Turkey is not in the position of providing the guarantee sought by Israel, as it cannot exert pressure on its own citizens to not seek justice through international channels. Furthermore, citizens from other countries were also on the ship attacked by Israel. The Israeli state is concerned that by agreeing to apologize it would open the way to judicial cases being opened against its citizens. Turkish sources say there are also ways to overcome that problem, one of which includes an exchange of letters between the two countries, whereas Israel says it considers the case closed and won’t accept any further inquiry. The International Criminal Court was asked by lawyers acting on behalf of Turkish citizens injured or killed during the May incident to prosecute members of the Israeli armed forces last October. The court has not yet announced how it will proceed with the request. Experts say it might take years for the court to come up with a decision.

The likelihood of Israel being prosecuted for its actions in Gaza has long attracted controversy. Neither Turkey nor Israel is party to the treaty that established the international court. Turkish lawyers claim there is an overwhelming case for prosecution by the court, which some experts say has jurisdiction to prosecute those involved in the raid despite Israel not recognizing its jurisdiction.

The flotilla was made up of six ships and crewed by activists from a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups trying to break an embargo on ships entering Gaza.

Hundreds of Turkish activists were on board one of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara, when it was raided by Israeli commandos in international waters.

The activists said the commandos opened fire when they boarded the ship, but the Israelis say their troops were attacked by the activists.

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s international, independent fact-finding mission concluded in September that Israeli forces violated human rights and international humanitarian law during the incident.

In a 56-page report, the fact-finding mission found that the actions of the Israeli forces in intercepting the Mavi Marmara on the high sea was “clearly unlawful.”

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