Turkey Wants to Delay Publication of UN Report on Gaza Flotilla

UN investigative committee into 2010 Gaza flotilla raid which killed nine Turkish activists due to present findings to UN chief on Monday, and publish the report on Tuesday.

Turkey has requested that the publication of a UN report on the events surrounding Israel's raid on a Gaza-boundship last year be delayed by an additional ten days, a diplomatic source in Jerusalem said Sunday.

The UN investigative committee into the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid which killed nine Turkish activists, headed byGeoffrey Palmer, was due to present its findings to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, and publish the report on Tuesday.


The diplomatic official said that the UN committee has yet to decide whether it will heed Turkey's request and delay the report.

The U.S. government has expressed its support for the Turkish request to delay the report, and Israel has not opposed the move, according to the official,who said the decision lies with the UN chief.

It is unclear what Ban Ki-moon will decide, since at his meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak two weeks ago, he said he would not like another delay of the report.

The Israeli official noted that a delay of the report would allow the renewal of Israel-Turkey negotiations aimed at ending the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, and to try to word an Israeli apology to Turkey that would be acceptable by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last Wednesday, Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the 2010 Gaza flotilla events.