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New Rice in UN: war crimes charges must be investigated.

New York / PNN -- The new United States Ambassador to the United Nations is expected to improve the American image in the international body, severely tainted over the past eight years. In her first speech before the Security Council, Susan Rice said that allegations against the Israelis for the commission of war crimes in the Gaza Strip must be investigated. The UNSC is known for severe foot dragging due to the US veto, spending two weeks to pass a resolution against the Gaza bloodbath. That, coupled with the Israeli insistence to "go its own way" when it comes to international law, Rice's words are welcome. "We expect that Israel fulfill its international obligations to investigate."Rice also criticized Hamas by placing on it the full onus of responsibility for the acts of all factions of the armed resistance, regardless that under international law an occupied population does have the right to defend itself. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who accepted Rice's credentials on Monday, said there will also be an investigation into the Israeli attacks on UN Relief and Works Agency headquarters, vehicles and schools.While Rice, no relation, said that the new US administration is very different from its predecessor, the American position toward Palestine when it comes to its occupier is not expected to make a sea change.

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Date:Jan 30, 2009
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