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Middle east

UN demands immediate ceasefire

Video by Laure DE MATOS , Sarah DRURY

Latest update : 2009-01-17

Members of the UN General Assembly have overwhelmingly voted to demand "full respect" for last week's Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire. Israel's security cabinet is due to meet Saturday to vote on declaring a unilateral truce.


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AFP - The UN General Assembly on Friday demanded an immediate and durable ceasefire in the strife-torn Gaza Strip leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces.
In a non-binding revised resolution, the 192-member body overwhelmingly voted to demand "full respect" of a Security Council resolution adopted last week calling for "an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces" from Gaza.
The vote, after hours of procedural wrangling, was 142 in favor, six against with eight abstentions.
Security Council resolution 1860 also called for the "unimpeded provision and distribution throughout the Gaza Strip of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment."
Ryad Mansour, the Palestinian observer to the United Nations, immediately welcomed the assembly's "almost unanimous vote" to pressure Israel to comply  with council Resolution 1860.
"We shall prevail because of your support," he added.

Date created : 2009-01-17