'UNGA Goldstone debate likely on Nov. 4'

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October 27, 2009 07:18
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The Goldstone Commission's report will likely be discussed by the UN General Assembly in early November, an Arab League representative said Monday. "The Arab group is requesting that the report... be debated in the General Assembly in early November," Yahya Mahmassani told AFP. Discussions would definitely now go ahead "probably on November 4," he said. Mahmassani went on to say that the Arab League was pushing for a GA resolution requesting that the UN Security Council take the issue up in formal debate. The international community has called on Israel to set up such an inquiry in the wake of the recent UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of war crimes and possible crime against humanity during its military operation in Gaza last winter. Now that the report has moved on to the UN in New York, the Palestinians are pressing the Security Council to pass the matter on to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Although the US is expected to veto such a request, Israel has taken the threat of international prosecution against individual Israelis very seriously and has continued to lobby countries to oppose the Goldstone Report as it winds its way through the UN. Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report

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