UN sets up Board of Inquiry to probe damage to its Gaza office
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has set up a Board of Inquiry to probe the damage to its Gaza office during Israeli military strikes in the city.world Updated: Feb 11, 2009 15:52 IST
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has set up a Board of Inquiry to probe the damage to its Gaza office during Israeli military strikes in the city.
The bombing was the result of three-week military campaign carried out by Israelis with avowed purpose of eliminating the ability of Hamas to fire rockets in its territory.
The details were not immediately available but Ban said it would be headed by Ian Martin, a Briton who until recently was the UN special envoy in Nepal, and would include legal advisers and a military expert. Diplomats expect the Board to compromise four members and a secretariat official.
Making the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, Ban said he expects the Board to start work immediately and report back within a month. He has informed both Israeli government and Palestinian authority and does not have any doubt that they would cooperate, he added.
"I hope they will fully cooperate on the conduct of this inquiry commission and this is their responsibility. And since Prime Minister Olmert has promised me to look into this issue himself and his government, then I can expect smooth operation of this commission inside Gaza and with other concerned parties," he said.