Monday, April 23, 2012 Anonymous
Agence France Presse
Turkey has blocked Israel's attendance at a May NATO summit over its refusal to apologise for the deaths of nine Turks during a 2010 assault on a protest flotilla bound for Gaza, a Turkish official said Monday.
However NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen denied the assertion, saying the Jewish state was not invited to the summit set for May 20-21 in Chicago. The Turkish official, who requested anonymity, told AFP earlier Monday: "We have not agreed to this. We don't think Israel should take part in such a forum," adding: "NATO is an alliance to which Israel does not belong." Turkish press reports said Israel wanted to take part in the key summit as a participant in the Mediterranean Dialogue cooperation programme with NATO. Turkey would have been able to block Israel's attendance because of NATO's policy of consensual decision-making.