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Saturday 31 January 2015

Amal Alamuddin: I declined UN offer

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Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney out and about, London, Britain - 24 Oct 2013
George Clooney leaving Berners Tavern with Amal Alamuddin
Amal Alamuddin

Amal Alamuddin has revealed she declined a seat on a UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza.

The barrister, who is engaged to Hollywood actor George Clooney, was rumoured to have joined a commission put together by the United Nations to investigate potential war crimes committed by Israel against citizens of Gaza.

And although she is disturbed by ongoing conflicts in the region, Amal revealed she won’t be part of the UN inquiry.

“There are various reports published today stating that I have been appointed as one of three members of the UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza. I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed. I was contacted by the UN about this for the first time this morning,” the lawyer said in a statement obtained by Page Six on Monday.

“I am honoured to have received the offer, but given existing commitments — including eight ongoing cases — unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavours.”

Amal’s other commitments also include her planning her wedding to George.

Last week it was reported the couple had secured their marriage certificate by applying for a wedding banns in London last month.

It is believed George, 53, and Amal, 36, are hosting their nuptials later this year in Lake Como, Italy, where the actor owns a home.

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