Obama wants credible flotilla probe

White House pushes for an "Impartial, transparent" investigation.

June 2, 2010 08:45
Obama talking to Netanyahu on the phone

Obama talking to bibi on phone 311. (photo credit: Pete Souza)


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US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he supports "A credible, impartial and transparent" investigation to examine the events leading to Israel's Monday raid on the Gaza-bound protest flotilla.

Earlier, White House sources hinted that they might demand an international investigation of the affair.

UN: Impartial probe of flotilla raid
NATO calls for probe into raid
Israel rejects independent probe calls
Hamas calls to lift Gaza blockade

Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, where he expressed his condolences and was "working in close consultation with Israel to help achieve the release of the passengers, including those deceased and wounded, and the ships themselves."

"The President affirmed the importance of finding better ways to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza without undermining Israel's security," the White House statement said.

Obama also made clear the US support for a credible investigation.

The White House has reacted cautiously to the raid in the last two days, asking for disclosure of the full facts.

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