UN's Ban still working for int'l probe on Israeli attack on Gaza flotila

UN SG Ban Ki-moon said that he would continue to work to establish an international panel to probe the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

UN's Ban still working for int'l probe on Israeli attack on Gaza flotila

 

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that he would continue to work to establish an international panel to investigate the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Ban told a press conference that Israel's decision to launch a unilateral investigation into the flotilla incident was important.

UN Secretary General Ban said he would nevertheless continue efforts to set up an international panel under the aegis of a third party in which both Turkey and Israel would actively participate.

Israeli commandos raided the Gaza-bound Turkish ship "Mavi Marmara" on May 31, killing 8 Turks and an American citizen of Turkish origin. The attack strained the relations between Turkey and Israel to the point of breaking.

"As you know, the Security Council called for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards. I have proposed an international panel, under the aegis of a third party and in which both Turkey and Israel would actively participate. I will continue my efforts to achieve this," said Ban.

Ban told reporters that he was encouraged that the Israeli government was reviewing its policy.

The Secretary General said much more was required to really meet the needs of the people, reiterating his call for a fundamental change in the policies towards Gaza.

Answering a question as to when the international panel would be set up Ban said, "my proposal is still on the table and I have been discussing this matter with senior Israeli government officials and also Turkish and other key countries and I'm still in the process of discussing this matter."

"Now that Israel has announced their domestic investigation team with international observers, my position is that while I believe that they have the capacity to carry on their domestic investigations, at the same time, this investigation should have international credibility with international dimension there that is what I have been repeatedly saying to the Israeli authorities."

"In fact I've been telling them that my proposal is not incompatible with Israel's national investigation. I'm going to have the component of Israeli and Turkish in my Commission. I'm still continuing to discuss this matter," he said.

Ban said he was aware of Turkey's position on the matter.

He said, "when I discussed this matter with Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, he agreed to my proposal and he accepted my proposal. Now with regard to Israeli positions, I'm still in the process of discussing this matter with Israeli authorities - how to make the Israeli domestic investigation with international credibility and dimension."

When asked if he believed the Israeli commission could act independently, Bans said, "my position is that there should be international credibility of their investigation. I know that there are going to be two international observers. But what I have heard from most of the countries is that it is not sufficient enough to have international credibility."
 

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