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UN chief to Peres: I will not retract the Goldstone Report

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon refuses to retract the contested report, despite its authors renouncement of its allegations; President Shimon Peres tells Ban 'UN cannot remain neutral in light of the rockets fired from Gaza to Israel.'

by Shlomo Shamir and DPA and Haaretz Service

April 8, 2011 | 2:56 pm

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (2004)

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (2004)

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told President Shimon Peres in a meeting in New York on Friday that the UN would not be retracting the Goldstone Report, despite its author’s renouncement of some of the report’s claims.

The Goldstone report was sponsored by the UN, focusing on Operation Cast Lead that took place in Gaza over the winter of 2008 and 2009.

The report accused Israel of targeting Palestinian civilians, however, the report’s author has recently retracted some of his allegations against Israel in an op-ed published last Friday in the Washington Post.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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