Israel rejects international panel to probe deadly raid: ambassador

08:12, June 07, 2010      

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The Gaza-bound Rachel Corrie aid ship, which is under control of the Israeli navy, approaches southern Israel's Ashdod port June 5, 2010.(Xinhua/Rafael Ben-Ari)

Israel's ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said on Sunday that his country will reject an international commission to probe its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine international volunteers.

"We are rejecting an international commission. We are discussing with the Obama administration a way in which our inquiry will take place," Oren said on Fox News Channel.

"Israel is a democracy. Israel has the ability and the right to investigate itself, not to be investigated by any international board," he added.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reportedly proposed to establish an international panel to investigate the raid.

Source: Xinhua
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