U.N. talks flotilla probe with Ankara

June 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, June 9 (UPI) -- Turkey is reviewing steps needed to launch an international probe into the May 31 raid on a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza, U.N. officials said in Ankara.

Ali Treki, the Libyan president of the U.N. General Assembly, met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the Israeli raid.

Israeli forces raided a humanitarian flotilla after it refused to divert to an Israeli port. Nine civilians were killed by Israeli forces who said they were acting in self-defense.

Both leaders discussed the steps needed to form an "independent and credible" international panel to investigate the raid, the U.N. reports.

The U.N. Human Rights Council last week voted to launch an independent international probe into alleged Israeli violations of international law during the raid. The flotilla was traveling in international waters when Israeli forces boarded a Turkish-flagged vessel.

Treki during meeting with Emirati officials June 2 calling on Israel to immediately lift the blockade on Gaza enacted in 2007.

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