UN Chief discusses Gaza crisis with Israeli Prime Minister

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UN Chief Ban K-moon with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his July visit to Israel. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Secretary-General has urged the Israeli Prime Minister to return to calm and to take steps to facilitate the Egyptian efforts to broker a durable truce.

The remarks came in a readout of Mr Ban Ki-moon's telephone conversation with Mr Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday.

The two discussed the crisis in Gaza, including the need for the parties to return to the Cairo-led ceasefire negotiations.

The Secretary-General reiterated that the United Nations stands ready to support any agreement the parties may reach.

He stressed the importance for the parties to establish a long-term ceasefire with a view to resume meaningful negotiations on a two-state solution.

Violence erupted in the Strip again after last week's breach of Gaza's latest ceasefire.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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