Palestinans ask UN rights council to meet on Gaza report

GENEVA- The Palestinians asked the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday to hold a special meeting soon on a contentious UN report blasting the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, officials said.
Palestinian leaders had earlier agreed to the council delaying a vote on the report until March 2010, apparently under heavy pressure from the US and Israel. The move sparked widespread condemnation from Palestinian people and across the Arab world.

Palestinans ask UN rights council to meet on Gaza report
But, in a reversal, the Palestinian envoy to the UN in Geneva, Ibrahim Khraishi, told AFP his mission has begun consultations to schedule a]coden extraordinary meeting of the council "as soon as possible" to adopt the report and implement its recommendations.
The report, produced by an independent fact-finding mission headed by former international war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone, accused both Israel and Palestinian armed groups of committing war crimes during the three-week war in Gaza that erupted on December 27, killing some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
The UN Security Council will discuss the report next week as part of a rescheduled debate on the Middle East, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 8th 2009

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