General Assembly session on flotilla canceled


(JTA) — The president of the United Nations General Assembly cancelled a scheduled debate on Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The session, requested last month by Malaysia, had been scheduled for Thursday.

In his letter sent to members of the General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki said, "After consulting with member states I have decided not to hold an interactive thematic debate of the General Assembly on the situation in the Middle East as previously envisaged for July 8, 2010. I will continue to consult with member states on the issue and will keep you informed of further developments."

Arab countries reportedly did not agree on the merits of holding the session, and Western countries, including the United States, were against holding the session.

Nine passengers were killed when Israeli Navy commandos boarded the Turkish-flagged ship Marmara trying to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza.

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