Peres, Annan telephone talks over UN investigation team
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/30/2002
The Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres has stressed that Israel will not give up what he had called its special rights to sovereignty and will not permit summoning its soldiers or officers in the Israeli army to be brought before a fact finding team concerning the incident of Jenin camp in the West Bank without its ( Israel ) consent.
This was expressed in a telephone call Peres made on Monday at dawn with the secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan.
Israeli political sources said that Annan accepted the Israeli position which stated that the work of the team to be sent by the UN to be confined to fact finding but without drawing any conclusions.
Sources at the Israeli occupation army expressed their regret and rejection to any decision that will be taken in the name of cooperating with the UN fact finding commission on the incidents in Jenin camp. Describing such a decision as grave.
Israeli military judicial sources said that the Israeli soldiers who took part in the storming in operation of Jenin are not in need to be defended by special lawyers, stressing that the Israeli military court will provide them a complete judicial defendant before the international committee. The Israeli radio reported.
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