RAMALLAH, June 17 (JMCC) - The United Nations secretary general is pressing forward with efforts to establish an international inquiry into Israel
's interception of Gaza-bound aid ships
last month, reports the Jerusalem Post
On Tuesday, Robert Serry, the UN’s special envoy to the Middle East, said that Ban was still looking into the idea of a UN investigation.Read
“The Secretary-General has taken note of Israel’s announcement and recognizes that a thorough Israeli investigation is important, and could be consistent with the Secretary-General’s own proposals for an international panel – the two combined would fully meet the international community’s expectation for a credible and impartial investigation,” he said, in a statement.
“The Secretary-General’s proposal is not incompatible with domestic inquiries, in fact, the two approaches are complementary, so his proposal, accordingly, remains on the table,” he said.
Serry also told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Israel has agreed to release the cargo from the boats barred from reaching Gaza to UN “on the understanding that it is for the United Nations to determine its appropriate humanitarian use in Gaza.”
Israel had previously attempted to convey the 70 truckloads of confiscated goods to Gaza, but Hamas had refused to allow them in.
the story at the Jerusalem Post