Ban calls for 7 day humanitarian pause in Gaza and Israel fighting

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Secretary-General (left) meets with United States Secretary of State. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has called for a seven day humanitarian pause in the fighting in Gaza and Israel extending over the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Eid al-Fitr otherwise known as Ramadan, a month of peace, prayer and fasting, is a Muslim celebration.

Mr Ban Ki-moon made the call in Cairo, Egypt where he once again joined forces with John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, Egyptian authorities and the Arab League to stop "the bloodshed".

The parties must realize that it is time for them to act, the UN Chief stressed, as he listed three important steps to be taken before a solution is found.

"First, stop the fighting. We call for a seven day humanitarian ceasefire extending over the Eid period beginning with a 12 hour extendable pause. Second, start talking. There is no military solution to addressing the grievances and all parties must find a way to dialogue. Third, tackle the root causes of the crisis."

The ongoing fighting underlines the need to finally end the 47 year old occupation and the chokehold on Gaza, Mr Ban said.

Mutual recognition and a viable two-State solution are the only paths to a durable peace and security in the region, he added.

Anzhelika Devis, United Nations.

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