Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Israel says it's willing to cooperate with UN-inquiry into flotilla attack

A forum of senior Israeli ministers agreed Monday to a UN inquiry into the commando raid of an aid flotilla which left nine civilians dead, Israeli media reported. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon described the approval as “unprecedented,” and said it will be the first time Israel has ever participated in a UN investigation of its military.
Negotiations will decide the mandate and composition of the official committee. Ban suggested that a panel headed by New Zealand’s former prime minister Geoffrey Palmer reviews Turkish and Israeli investigations before an official committee is established. Palmer’s deputy would be outgoing Columbian President Alvaro Uribe, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
Israel had sofar resisted international pressure calling for an external inquiry into the incident. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it is in Israel's national interest “to ensure that the factual truth regarding the flotilla incident would be exposed for the world to see,” Haaretz reported. The decision followed Ban’s meeting with Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak in New York on Friday.
The question that has to answered in the future is: is this just another tactical manoeuvre? Will there be endless  negotiations about the composition of the commission and the modalities of the inquiry till everbody is too tired to continue, or is this going to be genuine? Who dares a bet?

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