Israel ends police cooperation with Turkey

AFP , Monday 19 Sep 2011

Israeli Police Representative pulled out of Turkey in continued fall out from Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla

An Israeli ministry spokesman, Tal Volovich, stated on Monday that, "Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has ordered the transfer to Bucharest of the Israel Police Representative in Ankara".

"The minister took this decision because of the deterioration in bilateral relations...There is no longer police cooperation between the two countries."

Israel and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute since May 2010 when Israeli naval commandos stormed a convoy of six ships trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, killing nine people.

Ankara has demanded a full apology but although Israel expressed regret over the loss of life, it said its men acted in self-defenceand that the blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is both necessary and legal.

Earlier this month, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and froze military ties and defence trade.

Relations plunged still further when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to send warships to escort any future Turkish vessels trying to reach Gaza.

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