UN: «As Gaza ceasefire begins, UN Chief urges parties to commence peace talks in Cairo»

pubil«Following the announcement yesterday of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to commence talks in Cairo for a durable peace.

Both Israelis and Palestinians must address underlying issues that continue to cause outbreaks of conflict, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by a spokesperson at UN Headquarters.

He welcomed the proactive engagement of the Palestinian delegation under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, saying “such talks are the only way to sustainably stop the violence, which has cost far too many lives, and to change the untenable and tragic status quo in Gaza.” …»

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