Ban suggests former NZ premier to head flotilla commission
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is moving ahead with plans for an international commission to investigate Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. According to the AP, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official said Ban wants former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer to head the panel, which would include Israeli, Turkish and U.S. representatives. Palmer is an expert on maritime law.
So far, Israel has resisted an external investigation. According to Radio New Zealand, a spokesperson for the country's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, James Funnell, said the NZ government has not received any formal briefing on the proposal, which is only in its initial stage.