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Latest update : 2010-06-14

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday criticised Israel's decision to proceed with an internal probe into a May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat that killed nine Turkish activists.

AFP - Israel's planned internal committee to probe a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla does not comply with the demands of the UN Security Council, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Monday.
   
"The proposition made today (by Israel) for the inquiry committee does not correspond to the request of the Security Council," he said in Paris after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
   
Israel's cabinet on Monday backed the creation of an internal committee, to include two foreign observers, to probe the May 31 raid on the flotilla in which commandos killed nine Turkish activists and wounded many more.
   
The UN Security Council on June 1 condemned the Israeli attack and called for a "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards."
   
Turkey has already slammed the inquiry panel set up by Israel.
   
"We have no trust at all that Israel, a country that has carried out such an attack on a civilian convoy in international waters, will conduct an impartial investigation," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

 

Date created : 2010-06-14

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