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5 August 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY VANINNA MAESTRACCI, ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 5 AUGUST 2014
SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT IN GAZA
The Secretary-General has
the efforts that led to the ceasefire in that began today, at 8 a.m. local time, and called on the parties to abide by it.
The Secretary-General urges the parties to commence, as soon as possible, talks in Cairo on a durable ceasefire and the underlying issues. In this regard, he welcomes the proactive engagement of the Palestinian delegation under the leadership of President Abbas.
Such talks, he said, 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. The UN stands ready to lend its full support to these efforts.?
Since last Friday, the Secretary-General has spoken, sometimes more than once, with the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of Palestine, the Secretary of State of the United States, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.