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Bahar: Abbas, Fayyad to blame for failure in Geneva

Oct. 4, 2009 8:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2009 6:01 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Ahmad Bahar, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) said that President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad were to blame for the a decision to postpone a key UN vote on allegations of Israeli war crimes.

The PLO’s envoy to the UN in Geneva, Ibrahim Khreisha, was instructed to drop the Palestinian delegation’s endorsement of Justice Richard Goldstone’s investigation into the Israeli war on Gaza last winter.

During a news conference on the rubble of the PLC building in Gaza, which was leveled by Israeli warplanes last winter, Bahar called for Khreisha to be fired.

In his remarks, Bahar also lashed out at the Organization of the Islamic Conference for defending the Palestinian Authority.

“We regret the statement that is said by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in which he justified the postponement of the vote on Goldstone’s report … under US agreement with the Palestinian Authority accepted by the Islamic organization.”

“How could the Islamic organization accept this agreement and allow it to pass it through its representative at the UN Human Right Council realizing very well that this is wasting the blood of the Palestinians which was shed in Gaza, giving a cover for the Israeli leaders for crimes which they committed against unarmed Palestinians?”

Bahar also urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to bring the Gaza report to the Security Council.

He also called for an emergency meeting of PLC members on Monday to discuss action on the issue.
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