6 November 2009General Assembly President Ali Treki today urged Israel and the Palestinians to heed the body’s call to conduct credible investigations into charges that both sides were guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of the year. Mr. Treki noted that the 192-member Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution on the report of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, which found that Israeli forces and Palestinian militants had committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, during the conflict in December 2008 and January 2009. Assembly resolutions are non-binding.“This vote was an important declaration against impunity, it was a call for justice and accountability,” Mr. Treki told reporters in New York, calling for both the Israelis and Palestinians to carry out independent inquiries within three months as required in the resolution. “While the General Assembly has fulfilled its responsibility and will remain seized over the matter, it is vital that all concerned now devote efforts to implement the resolution and ensure follow up,” he added. Mr. Treki also voiced pleasure at the “smooth” and cooperative discussions in the General Assembly on the Goldstone report, as well as recent reports from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index pushed into record territory for another day, fuelled by gains in the materials sector offset in part by a retreat of energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 76.44 points at 16,828.00 in late-morning trading after hitting a new intraday high of 16,831.76 in earlier trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 32.19 points at 27,044.63. The S&P 500 index was up 0.19 of a point at 2,998.15, while the Nasdaq composite was up 1.21 points at 8,154.75.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.40 cents US compared with an average of 75.48 cents US on Monday.The October crude contract was down US$3.35 at US$59.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.68 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 10 cents at US$1,511.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.75 of a cent at US$2.63 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)