UN General Assembly Urges Further Gaza War Investigations

(Reuters) Louis Charbonneau - The UN General Assembly on Friday demanded credible Israeli and Palestinian investigations into allegations of war crimes in last year's Gaza war. It approved a nonbinding Arab-drafted resolution with 98 votes in favor, seven against and 31 abstentions. The resolution calls for investigations that are "independent, credible and in conformity with international standards" and requested a report on Israeli and Palestinian compliance from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon within five months. Israel's UN ambassador, Gabriela Shalev, reiterated that Israel's investigations into the behavior of its soldiers during the conflict in Gaza were credible. She also made clear that Israel would not hesitate to take action in the future which it sees as necessary for self-defense. "We will do so with vigor - against Hamas, Hizbullah, or any other terrorists, wherever they may be," she said.

2010-03-01 08:40:28

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