Wikileaks: Ban Ki-Moon Worked with Israel to Undermine UN Report

The General Secretary of United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-Moon collaborated in secret withIsrael and the United States to weaken the effects of a Board of Inquiry's report 
accusing Israel of human rights violations in Gaza in Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009.
Wikileaks released documents on Friday that revealed that Ban wrote a letter to the UN Security Council asking its members not to take recommendations by the UN Board 
of Inquiry about Israeli bombings in Gaza into account.

The report demonstrated that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) had a direct role in 
seven of the nine attacks against buildings of the UN in Gaza strip, and accused 
Israel of having breached the inviolability and immunity of UN premises.

According to Wikileaks, Susan Rice, White House National Security Advisor, spoke at least four times with Ban Ki Moon “to discuss concerns over the Board of Inquiry's 
report on incidents at UN sites in December 2008 and January 2009".

The report's recommendations included the need for a deeper and impartial 
investigation into the recent “incidents”, and into the bombings of UN facilities.

According to Wikileaks, Rice first asked Ban not to include the recommendations in 
the final report's summary, supposed to be transmitted to the UN Security Council onMay 5.

Ban responded that “he was constrained in what he could do since the Board of 
Inquiry is independent; it was their report and recommendations and he could not 
alter them”.

In the second conversation, “Rice urged the Secretary-General to make clear in his 
cover letter when he transmits the summary to the Security Council that those 
recommendations exceeded the scope of the terms of reference and no further action 
is needed."

Ban then replied that "his staff was working with an Israeli delegation on the text of the cover letter”.

He confirmed in the last phone call that “a satisfactory cover letter” had been 
completed. In the letter,

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