UN Security Council to Meet Wednesday on Goldstone Report

Meeting scheduled at Libya's request, despite U.S. efforts to prevent UN resolution on the Gaza war report.

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The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss Libya's request for an emergency session on a report that accused Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas of committing war crimes during Israel's offensive in Gaza.

Vietnam's Ambassador Le Luong Minh, who holds the council presidency this month, said he set closed-door talks after receiving therequest from Libya, the only Arab member on the 15-nation council.

The Palestinian UN Mission issued a press release saying it affirmed full support for the Libyan request.

Despite recent efforts by the U.S. to prevent a UN resolution on the report, Lybia was "waiting for a push" on the behalf of the Muslim nations or the Arab league to initiate a vote on the report's findings, New York sources said Tuesday.

Libya holds two key positions in the UN which make it easier for the country to initiate a session on the report - it is a member of the Security Council, and one of its representatives is currently serving as the president of the General Assembly. Libya has the authority to convene the UN Security Council to vote on the Goldstone report in the name of the Muslim nations or the Arab League.

If the Security Council session on the Goldstone report ends without a resolution or an American veto, Libya could convene the General Assembly, whose vote cannot be vetoed.

Another arena where the Goldstone report could come up for vote in the UN's fourth committee, which deals with political issues and holds sessions within the framework of the General Assembly.

A senior Western diplomat told Haaretz that in principle, Libya could convene a General Assembly session on the Goldstone report, but that he thought that "Libya will hesitate to take such an initiative as long as the Palestinian Authority is not interested in such a UN session. Libya will appear ridiculous if the involved party doesn't want a session, and it calls for one."



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