Thursday, December 29, 2011

PNA pursuing Goldstone report: official

GAZA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) said Thursday that it has been pursuing the Goldstone report on the Israeli war against Gaza three years ago.

"We have formed a special committee to follow up the report," said the PNA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki during an interview with official Voice of Palestine Radio.

Al-Malki's remarks came in response to accusations by local human rights groups that the PNA is not doing enough to follow the report, which was authored by South African judge Richard Goldstone on Israel's Cast Lead operation against the Gaza Strip in late 2008.

The minister said the PNA had submitted all the information needed to the United Nations General Assembly, but the Hamas movement, a direct party in the war, had not offered any document required by the UN.

"We will never give up our pursuit of accountability. We have started our efforts and we will continue till the end," said al- Malki.

The Goldstone report initially accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the three-week conflict. But the author said later that the report might be inaccurate.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights recently said that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) must pursue Goldstone's accountability at the UN General Assembly.

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