Tuesday 24 April 2018

Israel 'will co-operate' with UN raid probe

Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem

Israel has signalled its willingness to co-operate with a proposed UN inquiry into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla two months ago, opening up the incident to international scrutiny for the first time.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak is expected to give qualified approval to the investigation when he meets Ban Ki-moon, the UN's secretary general, in New York this week.

The concession is being viewed as a reluctant trade-off by the Israeli government, which rejected a separate attempt to launch an inquiry into the flotilla incident by the UN Human Rights Council.

The council announced on Friday that it was establishing a three-man committee to investigate the legality of the raid, during which nine Turkish activists were killed.

Israel has complained that the inquiry was planning only to investigate its role in the violence. Israel's commandos who abseiled on to the flotilla's lead ship were met with violent resistance by some of the activists on board the vessel.

Mr Ban's proposed inquiry is likely to be led by Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand who specialises in international maritime law. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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