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Gaza: France and the United States agree on the need for an immediate ceasefire

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France and the United States agreed on the need for an immediate ceasefire and better access to humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejournay and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken jointly announced at a press conference.

In his speech, the French foreign minister also expressed his “strong condemnation” of the Israeli strike that killed seven workers of the World Central Kitchen NGO in Gaza on Monday.

For his part, Anthony Blinken thanked “the partnership that France offers in the context of the Middle East crisis” and assured that the two countries are “working together to prevent the situation in Gaza from spreading to other regions”.

“This means getting a ceasefire as quickly as possible, releasing hostages and getting humanitarian aid,” he continued, noting “close coordination” especially on Lebanon and asking for “guarantees” for Israelis and Palestinians.

And the US secretary of state continued: “All I can say is that we offer our condolences” to the families of the seven humanitarian victims of Monday’s Israeli attack.

In doing so, the United States is asking Israel to “do more to protect innocent civilians, be it Palestinian men, women or children” and launch an “unbiased” investigation into what happened.

“The whole heart of our action is to avoid escalation,” said Stéphane Sejournay, who nevertheless prefers to “refrain from qualifying the facts.”

The head of diplomacy recalled that “France is taking the initiative to work on the parameters of this exit from the crisis” and believes that a “two-state solution” could be “the way”.

In terms of “cease fire”, “access of humanitarian aid” and “a system that ensures the security of both sides”, the tenant of the Quai d’Orsay indicates that “all members of the Security Council” will continue to “consult”. “For this new resolution.”

“It is France’s responsibility to see this out,” he concluded, while Anthony Blinken spoke of “the need to increase humanitarian aid.”

At a joint press conference organized in Paris on Monday evening, France’s diplomatic representative to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, proposed a draft resolution that should focus on “an immediate and indefinite ceasefire in Gaza”, “immediate and unconditional liberation”. all hostages”, “condemning the terrorist attack carried out by Hamas on 7 October” and “immediate and full access of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip”.

The French-sponsored resolution also aims to “restore effective control of the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Authority” and start negotiations to achieve a two-state solution.

“Now is the time to take a comprehensive approach to end the ongoing crisis in Gaza, de-escalate the region and ensure that the events of October 7 do not happen again.” That is why France is presenting a global draft resolution today,” said Nicolas de Riviere in a post published on social network X.

In order for the resolution desired by Paris to be voted on and possibly passed, it must win the approval of at least nine of the fifteen members of the UN Security Council and not be subject to any veto by its four permanent members (the US, UK, Russia and China).

Note that a previous resolution proposed by Algeria was adopted by the Security Council on March 26, specifically calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, but was not followed through.

Thus, the Israeli government continues to attack the Gaza Strip with daily massacres of civilians, despite the condemnation of the international community.

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war in the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, mostly children and women, in addition to unprecedented humanitarian disaster and destruction. The massive infrastructure that led to Tel Aviv. to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “genocide”.

Israel has also imposed a total blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, especially those in the northern Palestinian enclave, on the brink of starvation.

Israel’s war has also led to the internal displacement of 85% of Gaza’s population due to severe shortages of food, drinking water and medicine, and 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the United Nations.

Israel is accused of genocide before the court. An interim ruling issued in January ordered Tel Aviv to end acts of genocide and take steps to provide humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

Source: AA

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