Ban mulls proposals for investigations into Israeli flotilla raid

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed an international panel headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and including officials from the U.S., Turkey and Israel to investigate the Israeli raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla -- a proposal that Israel appears to have rejected. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said that Israel would not consent to an international inquiry into the incident, though Israel has not yet officially rejected Ban's proposal. Ban has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss inquiry possibilities, including an investigation called for by the UN Security Council.

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