Thursday 23 January 2020

Pressure on EU to hold peace talks

A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel, before being executed in Gaza City August 22, 2014.
A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel, before being executed in Gaza City August 22, 2014.

With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the US, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable ceasefire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, UN diplomats said yesterday.

Diplomats said the US, Israel's main ally, had joined the European effort to produce a resolution that would call for a ceasefire and advance the goal of a durable peace.

"This is not a competition," said an American diplomat in Washington. "We share with other Security Council members a concern over the return to hostilities following the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire. And the council has called on all parties to prevent the situation from escalating and to resume negotiations."

Another diplomat said both Israeli and Palestinian officials have privately suggested Security Council action would be helpful in persuading their constituents to accept measures to end the conflict.

"The message that we are getting from both sides is that it would be helpful to prescribe some elements to enable them to sell it internally," that diplomat said.

Irish Independent

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