Israeli envoy to UN: 'Prevent Libyan aid ship'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 10, 2010 06:40




Israel on Friday has requested the UN step up efforts in preventing the Gaza-bound Lybian ship set to sail from Greece Friday.

"Israel calls upon the international community to exert its influence on the government of Libya to demonstrate responsibility and prevent the ship from departing to the Gaza Strip," said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev in an official letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

"Israel reserves the right under international law to prevent this ship from violating the existing naval blockade on the Gaza Strip," the envoy explained.

"The declared intentions of this mission are even more questionable and provocative given the recent measures taken by Israel to ensure the increase of humanitarian aid flowing into the Gaza Strip," Shalev stated in the letter.


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