Israel Condemned At Turkey Summit

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Nearly two dozen nations have condemned Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla at the conclusion of a regional summit in Istanbul.Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, released a statement agreed to by 21 of the 22 participants in the conference.Israel was the 22nd participant, and it refused to sign the document.The summit was a meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, a bloc of 22 Eurasian states founded in the early 1990s. Delegates mostly discussed security issues, particularly Israel and Afghanistan."All member states, except one, expressed their grave concern and condemnation for the actions undertaken by the Israeli Defence Forces," the statement said.The Israeli government sent a lower-level diplomat from its consulate in Istanbul, rather than a senior official.Gul said the near-unanimous condemnation showed Israel was isolated and that it "will suffer the consequences for its mistake against Turkey."