Sarkozy asks Israeli PM to accept 'impartial' Gaza inquiry
French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept "a credible and impartial inquiry" into the deadly raid on Gaza aid ships, in which France is willing to participate, the president's office said.
In a telephone conversation with Netanyahu, Sarkozy asked him "to follow the requests of the United Nations Security Council with regard to putting in place a credible and impartial inquiry on the conditions of the Israeli intervention against the 'freedom flotilla'" bound for Gaza last week, the presidency said in a statement.
Sarkozy also expressed France's willingness to participate in the inquiry, it added.
"Concerning the situation in the Gaza Strip, the head of state stressed the urgent need for a solution to end the (Israeli) blockade," the statement said.
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