Turkey: Steps based on HRC flotilla report among priorities

March 28, 2011, Monday/ 18:35:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said on Friday taking necessary steps based on conclusions made by UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission with respect to a lethal Israeli raid into Mavi Marmara ship are among its priorities.

The statement came after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the follow-up to the report of the independent international Fact-Finding Mission on the humanitarian flotilla incident, which endorsed the conclusions contained in the report of the fact-finding mission and called upon all concerned parties to ensure their immediate implementation.

The Friday resolution also requested the High Commissioner to prepare a report on the status of the implementation of relevant articles of that resolution. The statement recalled the report of the international fact-finding mission on the flotilla incident that Israel gravely violatated international humanitarian law and human rights law while attacking the flottila.

Israeli navy commandos stormed Mavi Marmara ship, carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31 last year, and killed nine civilians, eight Turkish and one American national. Turkey requests an official apology and compensation to families of the victims. Israel says its soldiers acted in self-defense.

Turkey requested the HRC to establish a panel of inquiry, which released its report last September.

The report also found that the conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence.

The statement reminded that the report was endorsed by the council in September last year with the support of 30 states out of 47 members of the council. On Friday, the council adopted the resolution by a vote of 37 in favor, 1 against, and 8 abstentions out of 46 members of the council. The US voted against the resolution. Turkey said it welcomes the increase of support to the decision.

The resolution on the follow-up to the report expressed its concern at the lack of cooperation of Israel in implementing the Mission’s recommendations.

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