Israel tells UN to shelve flotilla raid probe

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Israel tells UN to shelve flotilla raid probe

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Israel wants the UN to suspend its plans for an independent investigation into last month’s deadly Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when the six-ship convoy was intercepted.

Israel says its troops opened fire after being attacked.

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak made the request after talks with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

“We expressed our view that for the time being, as long as new flotillas are in the preparation, it’s probably better to leave it (a U.N. investigation) on the shelf for a certain time.” Barak said.

Israel says the five-person panel it has established, which includes two foreign observers, will be sufficient for now.

“We are moving ahead with our independent investigation, which we believe is clearly independent, reliable, credible and
should be allowed to work,” Barak said.

It was not clear if Barak meant Israel might accept Ban’s proposal at a later date. He declined to take questions.