NEW YORK (AFP) - The UN General Assembly will debate this year a report accusing both Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes during the conflict in Gaza that erupted at the end of 2008, an official said Monday. Assembly president Ali Triki received the controversial report of a fact-finding mission led by international war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone on Friday with the recommendation that it be considered by the year-end, his spokesman Jean-Victor Nkolo said. Triki will conduct consultations with the concerned parties and the chairs of the regional and other groups in order to set the appropriate date for the Assembly to consider the report, said Nkolo. It will have to take place before December 31, he added. The UN Human Rights Council endorsed on Friday the Goldstone report on the 22-day conflict that erupted on December 27, 2008. When the fighting ended, 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis had been killed. Goldstone concluded that both Israel and Hamas, Gazas rulers, committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the conflict that Israel launched in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. The report also recommended referring its conclusions to the International Criminal Court prosecutor in The Hague, if Israel and Hamas fail to conduct credible investigations within six months. Israel called the endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council a diplomatic farce and said it harmed Middle East peace efforts, but the Palestinians welcomed the resolution which they said should result in follow-up action from the UN Security Council. Some 25 of the Human Rights Councils 47 members, led by Arab and African states, voted for the resolution. Six, including the United States, voted against, while 16 others either abstained or did not vote. Goldstone himself criticized the resolution, which endorses his report but never directly condemns Hamas, an movement the US and EU consider a terrorist organization. Britains Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have since sent a joint letter to Israels PM Netanyahu urging that report lead to improvements in the situation on the ground.