No free rein for Israel in Mediterranean : Erdogan

AFP , Thursday 15 Sep 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan while in Tunisia during 'Arab Spring tour' states Turkish warships will be in sea to patrol the Mediterranean and keep Israel at bay

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Thursday in Tunisia that his navy would patrol the Mediterranean and keep Israel in check.

"Israel will no longer be able to do what it wants in the Mediterranean and you'll be seeing Turkish warships in this sea," Erdogan said after a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi.

Erdogan reiterated his insistence on an Israeli apology for last year's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead, all of them Turks or of Turkish origin.

"Relations with Israel cannot normalise if Israel does not apologise over the flotilla raid, compensate the martyrs' families and lift the blockade of Gaza," the Turkish prime minister said.

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