Associate Spokesperson: Not into the flotilla, mind you. This is into the follow up to Justice Goldstone.
Question: No, no, I understand. Let me finish my question. Will there be a similar sort of a panel appointed now in this investigation that Israel, at this point in time, is trying to conduct, and then the Turkish can do it also? That can also be done?
Associate Spokesperson: That would be in the hands of the Human Rights Council. We’d have to see what decision they take on that.
Question: Just a clarification. So what was this Goldstone development, exactly? And secondly, which Korea is giving the press conference tomorrow?
Associate Spokesperson: Tomorrow morning, you will have a press briefing from the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and his name is Sin Son Ho. And that will be at 11 a.m. in this room. What was your other question?
Question: What was this Goldstone report?
Associate Spokesperson: There is a press release on this. Navi Pillay announced the three members of a panel that would follow up on the Israeli-Palestinian investigations, activities following up to Justice Goldstone’s recommendations.
Question: [inaudible] kind of commission to be set up. And what if Turkey doesn’t accept? I’m sure they won’t accept the Israeli investigation. So will there be two other investigations and Turkey will decide to do its own investigation? So, do you think the Secretary-General will come up with a concrete idea?
Associate Spokesperson: I do think that the Secretary-General believes that in order to satisfy the expectations by all the various parties, there needs to be an initiative, an investigation that could take into account all their various concerns. So that’s why he has been talking to all of the parties and trying to develop a proposal based on that.
Question: I would just like to make sure I understand the total galaxy of investigations that are current. There is an investigative committee just appointed by the Israelis, which the Secretary-General may recognize and with which he may cooperate. And then there is a not directly related investigative commission appointed by Judge Pillay relative to the Goldstone report?
Associate Spokesperson: Yes.
Question: But this is not in recognition of the call from the Human Rights Council for an independent investigation of the flotilla affair?
Associate Spokesperson: Exactly.
Question: So there has been no particular action on that call of the Human Rights Council for that separate investigation? There may be in the future?
Associate Spokesperson: Not at this point, no.
Question: Thank you, Farhan. On Gaza, am I right in thinking that the Goldstone report is coming back to the SG, and that the General Assembly delayed decision on it for another five months, and the SG must report back to them as to whether or not Hamas and Israel have their own criminal investigations into the findings of the report? Question two is specifically on the Gaza flotilla raid. Last week, Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, outlined his own requirements for an investigation into the incident. But because he spoke on it, does that mean, in UN parlance, the death of 9 people aboard the boat are classed as extrajudicial killings?
Associate Spokesperson: I would not suggest that in lieu of an investigation at this stage. Mr. Alston is expressing his views as an independent expert, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of the Secretary-General.
Question: The Goldstone question?
Associate Spokesperson: What was that question, again?
Question: It goes back to the SG, and he is going to report back to the GA beginning of next month, is that right?
Associate Spokesperson: I believe that is what he was scheduled to do, yes.
Question: Do we have a date for the report, or anything?
Associate Spokesperson: No, it’s being worked on.
Question: This Commission that the Secretary-General is going to appoint, the work is still going on, that commission that he is going to appoint, independent of Israel and Turkey?
Associate Spokesperson: The work is still going on to see what kind of proposal can be accepted by all the parties, yes.
Question: One last question on the Gaza issue. In case Israel continues to refuse the proposal or what you refer to as the proposal by the SG, what will be his next move? He’ll go back to the Security Council and tell them, “I cannot establish an independent commission” — how will this end?
Associate Spokesperson: We will cross that bridge when we come to it. At this stage, we remain hopeful for a positive Israeli response.
Question: Could this go on forever — what does that mean?
Associate Spokesperson: The Council wanted action that would be prompt. So, yes, we will try to do it very promptly. Can we get to our guest? Okay, last question, and then we’ll get to Mr. Kell. Yes.
Question: I’ve been listening to your answers. I haven’t heard any word about Turkey or Turks. But the SG is welcoming the Israeli proposal for the investigation team, and the reason that it will be credible for any report or any investigation committee minus the Turks, which is nine people were killed in the international waters were Turks. There is no word – I haven’t heard about the Turks or Turkey.
Associate Spokesperson: No, I believe in response to a question from one of your colleagues earlier, I had mentioned that we wanted a proposal that would be acceptable to all sides. That includes, clearly includes, Turkey. You know they certainly are the ones who had suffered several deaths, and we want to make sure that any initiative, any investigation, would be satisfactory to Turkey, to Israel and to the international community as a whole. And that is what we continue to work on.