Israeli inquiry panel not corresponding with UN proposal: Abbas

15:23, June 15, 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)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Monday that the inquiry group established by Israel for the raid against humanitarian flotilla to Gaza didn't correspond with the proposal of the United Nations Security Council.

"We totally agreed with the inquiring commission that was mentioned in the final declaration by the Security Council ... The proposal that Israel took today does not correspond with the requirements of the Security Council," Abbas said at a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace.

According to the Security Council's proposal on June 1, the Israeli authority should launch "a transparent, credible, impartial and rapid inquiry, in line with international criteria," for the incident.

The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved an inquiry panel headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Yaakov Tirkel. Two foreign observers, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lord William David Trimble and former Canadian judge advocate general Ken Watkin, were also included.

Earlier in the day, France's Foreign Ministry called the presence of international observers in the Israeli inquiry panel " a positive element."

Israeli navy took a deadly raid on Gaza-bound humanitarian ships on May 31, killing at least nine activists.

Source: Xinhua


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