Peres with Ban in New York (R) 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
President Shimon Peres on Friday asked the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip two years ago.
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Peres made the request during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.
Ban responded by explaining to Peres that the UN encourages the writing of such reports in order to encourage the sides to probe themselves.
To this, Peres said in reaction that "Hamas has never investigated itself" and the UN adopts double standards.
York visit comes after the report’s author, Judge Richard Goldstone, published
an opinion piece in last Friday’s Washington Post
in which he said the document
had erroneously accused Israel of intentionally targeting civilians in
A spokesman for the UN’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC),
which commissioned the report, has said the opinion piece would have no impact
on the status of the report, which was submitted in 2009.
wanted to change the report, the spokesman said, he would need to submit a
formal letter to the council in the name of all four members of the fact-finding
mission that worked on it. Alternately, a UN member state could move to rescind
the report, mostly likely by bringing a resolution to that effect before the
Security Council or the General Assembly.