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UN to look into flotilla incident

08-03-2010 08:44 BJT

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is setting-up a panel to look into Israel's attack against an international aid flotilla. Israel has agreed to take part in the UN-led investigation.

Israeli navy commandos boarded a pro-Palestinian international aid flotilla on May 31st and clashed with activists on one of the ships. The violence left nine dead, eight were Turkish citizens.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the creation of an investigation panel into the incident.

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "I sincerely hope by establishing this panel, this will impact positively to improve the relationship between Israel and Turkey, and contribute positively to the peace process in the region."

Ban says the panel will be co-chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. It will also include both Turkish and Israeli representatives.

Israel is agreeing to take part in the UN-led investigation.

Mark Regev, Spokesman for Israeli PM, said, "Today Israel informed the Secretary General of the United Nations that we will participate in a panel set up by the Secretary General to look into the flotilla incident. Ultimately we are sure the facts are on our side and we have no problem whatsoever with an objective and credible look at the investigative process under way."

Turkey is also welcoming the decision to establish a panel investigating the incident.

The UN investigation panel will start to work on August 10th, and submit the first progress report by mid September.

It will also give recommendations for the prevention of similar incidents in the future.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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