UN chief still in talks over possible inquiry into flotilla raid: spokesperson

08:40, June 08, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is still consulting with member states over the possible establishment of an inquiry into the recent deadly attack by Israel against a Gaza-bound flotilla, a UN spokesperson said Monday.

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, Farhan Haq said that the secretary-general held telephone conversations with the prime ministers of both Turkey and Israel on Saturday.

The talks were to "ensure that any investigation has the full cooperation of countries most closely concerned," Haq said.

"There is considerable amount of discussions going on about the format about a potential inquiry. We don't have anything solid to announce at this stage about any of that."

Haq said the difficulty is to bring together views that show " very strong divisions."

The secretary-general is currently engaged in talking to member states including Israel, Turkey, the permanent and nonpermanent members of the UN Security Council, to ensure that such an investigation will be credible, impartial and fulfill the request that was made in the presidential statement adopted by the council last week, he added.

The Security Council unanimously issued a presidential statement early last Tuesday, stressing the need to have a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation into the attack that killed at least 10 civilians. But the statement did not specify the details with regard to initiating such an investigation.

Source: Xinhua
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