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Turkey refuses U.S. mediation in crisis with Israel

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:43 EDT
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Turkey does not need United States’ mediation to solve a long-lasting crisis with Israel over a deadly 2010 flotilla raid, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday.

“We do not need mediation … for Israel in any way,” Davutoglu said during a televised press conference in the central province of Konya when asked to comment on the possibility of the US helping to resolve their differences.

“There is no such situation in which mediation is needed. The demands of Turkey are clear” if its former ally Israel wants to improve relations, Davutoglu said.

“No one should test our resolve on this matter,” he said, adding that Israeli-Turkish relations might be on the agenda among other issues of a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama next week on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.

“The Americans are probably the people who best understand Turkey’s position on this issue,” Davutoglu added.

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