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UN Gaza flotilla probe panel meets for first time

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UN Gaza flotilla probe panel meets for first time


Starting their investigation into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a four-man UN panel has met Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He stressed its mandate was not to determine criminal responsibility.

Former Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe joins representatives of Turkey and Israel in a team
headed by ex-New Zealand premier Geoffrey Palmer.

In a statement, Ban said it aimed to “examine and identify the facts, circumstances and the context of the incident, as well as to recommend ways of avoiding future incidents.”

Nine Turks were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the aid ship on May 31. The UN chief has denied reports that the world body has struck a secret deal to keep the Israeli soldiers involved out of the investigation.

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