Friday, 2 October 2009

Palestinians pressured to delay UN vote on Goldstone report

The BBC is reporting that Palestinians have 'dropped the Gaza report' when no such thing has happened. However, it is clear that a move to a vote at the Human Rights Council on endorsing the Goldstone report has been delayed, probably at the behest of the US - supposedly with the intention of reaching a wider consensus next year. The PLO is controlled by Fatah.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has supported a decision to defer a vote on the UN-sanctioned report on the Gaza war until next March, Al Jazeera has learned.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council is to meet on Friday, said that the Palestinians have not withdrawn support for the report but prefer deferring a final resolution to next year as they wait for a consensus.

Imad Zuhairi, the Palestinian deputy permanent observer at the Human Rights Council, has told Al Jazeera that because of the "historic importance" of the resolution it was important to get fullest possible consensus to pass a resolution to have the 47-member forum adopt the report.

Adopting the report would mean that its is referred to the UN Security Council for further action.

Zamir Akhram, the Pakistan representative to the council, said that it had been decided by the resolution's sponsors - Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tunisia - to withhold the vote and re-introduce the resolution at the the next sitting of the forum in March 2010.