Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Surprise, Surprise! UN chief rejects further inquiry in Gaza

Julian Borger, diplomatic editor, Tuesday 5 May 2009

"One of the more striking features of today's UN inquiry into the Gaza war is the secretary general's prompt rejection of one of its key findings.

In its 11th and final recommendation, the board of inquiry said the killings and injuries that happened beyond its narrow remit, outside the walls of the UN compound in Gaza, "should be investigated as part of an impartial inquiry mandated, and adequately resourced, to investigate allegations of violations of international humanitarian law". In his covering letter, however, Ban Ki-moon, said he did not "plan any further inquiry", opting not to use the secretary general's prerogative to order his own inquiries into allegations of serious human rights abuses......."

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