Israel must do more to normalize ties with Turkey

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 3:06 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says there has been some progress in improving Turkish-Israeli relations but Israel has not yet fulfilled all conditions for normalizing ties.

Relations between the former allies soured dramatically after Israeli commandos stormed a pro-Palestinian ship trying to breach a blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010. The raid killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.

Under a U.S.-brokered rapprochement in March, Israel apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation.

But Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly that there are three conditions that are important to Turkey.

He said two have not been fulfilled yet — compensation to victims of the attack and ending Israeli restrictions "against Palestine."

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