House of Lords written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist the United Nations Secretary-General in seeking a positive response from Israel on the latest Gaza war crimes report.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

On 5 May, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated a summary report of the UN Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to investigate nine specific incidents involving UN property during the recent Gaza conflict.

We are deeply concerned by the findings of the board and believe that the inviolability of UN installations should be respected.

As we have said, we take seriously all allegations of breaches of international humanitarian law and have consistently stated that they should be properly investigated.

There are still some aspects of Israeli investigations being carried out. Once the outcomes of this and other investigations are clear we will consider the results carefully and assess whether further action is necessary.

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