RAMALLAH, Oct 11 (KUNA) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday
the deferral of a vote at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the Goldstone
report resulted from an understanding among the various groups at the council.
"After studying the situation and in order to ensure the largest possible
support, we agreed to delay the vote till the next session of the council (in
March, 2010)," Abbas said in a speech aired by Pelestine TV channel this
The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, led by
Justice Richard Goldstone, presented the report to the UN HRC in Geneva on
"The report is now an officially coded document," he said, downplaying the
criticisms resulting from the delay.
"If the UN Human Rights Council finds any error in the delay decision, we
have courage enough to admit mistake," Abbas affirmed.
He said he instructed contacting the friendly countries to convene an
extraordinary session by the council to probe the report and vote on it.
"The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) did not yield to the pressures
applied on it.
"The Palestinian presidency took the initiative in contacting the
International Criminal Court (ICC) and pressed for forming the fact-finding
mission," Abbas recalled.
The PNA offered all possible help for the mission, showed readiness to
implement its recommendations and worked out a draft resolution on the issue
for the UN HRC.
It kept close contacts with the friendly Arab, Islamic and African groups
as well as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to lobby for the draft resolution
which met mixed reactions, he went on to say.
"The Palestinian side stood firm in the face of attempts to introduce
amendments to, or scrap parts of, the draft resolution.
"The attempts, made by the United States, Russia, China and other powers
risked undermine the resolution and render it ineffective in tracking down the
Israeli war criminals," Abbas revealed.
Meanwhile, he said he understood the angry reactions of the Palestinian
factions to the delay of the report because they are based on the zest for
defending Palestine cause.
He, however, criticized Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas for its decision
to delay the signing of the Palestinian reconciliation accord, originally
slated for October 25.
"The movement proved to be reluctant to sign the accord and seeks to
maintain the current political division," he said. (end)
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