Israeli probe panel "does not meet requirements" of Security Council: Brazil

08:07, July 22, 2010      

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The Israeli decision to set up an inquiry panel to investigate the recent Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla "is a positive step," but " the panel does not meet the requirements set forth by the Security Council," a senior Brazilian diplomat said in the United Nations Wednesday.

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the Brazilian permanent representative to the United Nations, made the statement as she was taking the floor at an open Security Council debate on the situation of the Middle East.

"We took due note of the Israel's decision to establish an inquiry panel, with two respectable foreigners as observers," she said. "This is a positive step. However, the panel does not meet the requirements set forth by the Security Council."

On May 31, Israeli navy backed with helicopters attacked the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean international waters with live ammunition and gas bombs, causing nine activists on board killed and many others injured. The Israeli attacks were immediately condemned by UN officials, including John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

On June 1, the Security Council called for a "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards" into the Israeli action against the flotilla.

"In our view, the gravity of the incident, the fact that the attack has taken place in international waters, and that it involves entities and individuals from various countries require that the investigation be conducted under the auspices of the UN," the ambassador said.

"We therefore urge the (UN) secretary-general to continue consultations on an arrangement that fulfills the requirement of the Council," she said.

Source: Xinhua


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