Tuesday, February 3, 2009

African Union summit calls upon the UN to investigate Israeli war crimes

The African Union summit, held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa , has called on the United Nations to investigate Israeli human rights violations during Gaza massacre. The AU described the preliminary evidence of Israeli actions as 'massive, indiscriminate and disproportionate,'. The AU statement also clarified that "[t]he AU renews its support for and solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their fundamental rights, including the right to existence as an independent state with Jerusalem" as its capital.

The AU summit also demanded that Israel "put an end to its aggression against the Palestinian people, lift the embargo it imposed on them and open without delay all border crossings to allow for the free movement of goods and persons, most importantly humanitarian aid."

Source: Maan News Agency, Links to Dec 29 AU statement on Gaza: English, Arabic, Links on the AU summit: 1, 2, 3, 4

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