Foreign ministers from UN Security Council members and Arab states met on Tuesday to discuss proposals for a ceasefire in Gaza as the death toll from an Israeli offensive on Hamas targets in the territory continued to climb.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, presiding over a special Security Council meeting on the
The Mubarak announcement received explicit backing from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Israeli U.N. Ambassador Gabriela Shalev made no reference to the proposal in her speech to the council.
Abbas' Fatah movement was ousted from
Rice said it was crucial for Abbas' Palestinian Authority to re-establish its control over
"Our goal must be the stabilization and normalization of life in
'Pieces of paper'
Shalev was dismissive of the idea that the council was obligated to weigh in on the conflict. "The credibility of this council is measured not by the pieces of paper it issues, but by the values it upholds," she said.
Diplomats said negotiations in
"The Israeli machine of destruction continues to kill, to commit the most heinous of possible crimes despite international unanimity, an unprecedented unanimity in calling for an end of this massacre against innocent civilians that do not deserve such brutality," Abbas said.
Other top diplomats attending the council meeting were British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and senior Arab officials like Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli fire killed at least 40 Palestinians at a U.N. school in
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said attacks on schools were "totally unacceptable and should not be repeated." He said he would travel to
More than 600 Palestinians have been killed and at least 2,700 wounded since
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Date created : 2009-01-07