PA, Turkey mistrust probe

By JPOST.COM STAFF, AP
June 14, 2010 18:20

Abbas: Internal c'tee falls short of UNSC demands.

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas

PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit: AP)

Israel's planned internal investigation into the Gaza flotilla raid falls short of UN Security Council demands, said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

Abbas also said "Israel must lift the blockade ... That is our principal and permanent demand."

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He added that peace negotiations with Israel would be suspended if no progress is made by the coming autumn.

The PA president's comments came after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris . Asked about Israel's announcement that it would hold an investigation under an Israeli judge and with two outside experts, Abbas said this "does not correspond" with Security Council demands that the Palestinians had approved.

Abbas visit to Paris was part of a trip that has already seen him in Washington and Spain.

Ankara does not trust the probe either Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying Monday.

"We have no trust at all that Israel, a country that has carried out such an attack on a civilian convoy in international waters, will conduct an impartial investigation," AFP quoted Davutoglu as saying.


He called for an investigation to be held "under the direct control of the United Nations... with the participation of Turkey and Israel."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on June 5 that the IDF raid of the Mavi Marmara should be investigated by a New Zealand-led committee, with Israeli and Turkish deputies.


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