` Turkey agrees `Compensation Deal ‘ for Victims of Israeli Raid on Gaza Aid Flotilla in 2010 ‘

#AceFinanceNews – TURKEY – March 25 – A compensation deal for Turkish victims of a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla four years ago will soon be signed, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Tuesday.

“We have received a final agreement document from Israel,” Arinc was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper.

After next Sunday’s local elections, “our first job will be making sure the compensation is bound by a legal document,” the official added.

Talks on compensation over the nine Turks killed in the raid began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Ankara.

Background to the Story

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised to the Turkish people for “any errors that could have led to loss of life” during the commando raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip on 31 May 2010. Nine activists were killed and dozens wounded, when Israeli troops boarded the lead ship as it attempted to breach the naval blockade of the Palestinian territory. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10203726

The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” on 31 May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_flotilla_raid

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` Several Hundred ` Bulgarian's ` massed in `Sofia ' chanting ` EU did not Free Bulgaria from Turkish Domination – it was Russia '

#AceFinanceNews – SOFIA, March 24 – Several hundred Bulgarian citizens massed before the presidential administration building in the capital Sofia on Monday to protest against EU sanctions imposed on Russia.

Demonstrators gathered to wield posters reading “The EU did not free Bulgaria from Turkish domination, but Russia did” and “Crimea’s Bulgarians want Sofia to recognize the referendum”.

They arrived, attracting television broadcasters and news photographers, as the building assembled the country’s national security council to discuss events in Ukraine and possible consequences for Bulgaria.

Before the meeting, locals voiced confidence the meeting would not reach a consolidated agreement. Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev and his ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria have attacked Russia’s position and supported European sanctions.

But Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski stood against the punishment. “It should be mentioned that we would not support tight economic sanctions without analysing their consequences.

Our analysts say our country will be among those who will suffer the most from these consequences”, the premier said, adding that some “compensation mechanisms” needed discussion.

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