Envoy: Gaza cease-fire draft circulating UN

2014-07-22 22:08


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New York - The Palestinian UN envoy says a draft UN resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip will be formally circulated to the Security Council.

Riyad Mansour told reporters before the Security Council's monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Mideast on Tuesday that the resolution would be given to all 15 council members later on Tuesday. It was endorsed by the Palestinians' supporters last week.

A draft dated 18 July and obtained by The Associated Press calls for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire, including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip".

It also calls for "all necessary measures to ensure the protection of civilians, including the immediate cessation of military reprisals, collective punishment and excessive use of force against the Palestinian civilian population".

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