Israel eyes return to UN rights body after boycott

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Posted: Jun 07, 2013 11:36 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva says his country may end its boycott of the U.N.'s top human rights forum.

In a letter dated June 3, Eviatar Manor says he wants to engage the head of the U.N. Human Rights Council "with a view to positively resolve all outstanding issues in Israel's complex relationship" with the 47-nation body.

The letter was released by the U.N. on Friday.

Israel stopped cooperating with the Human Rights Council last year, accusing it of being biased against the Jewish state because it regularly criticizes Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

The letter was sent before the council's independent expert on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, slammed Israel's settlement policy in a report released Thursday.