Jordan in fresh push for UN action on Gaza

2014-08-07 03:52:13 | Al Muslim News
Jordan in fresh push for UN action on Gaza

 

Jordan has presented a new resolution on the Gaza crisis to the UN Security Council and hopes for action on the measure in the coming days, its ambassador said today. The draft resolution backed by Arab countries calls for a lasting ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, as well as an international effort to rebuild Gaza after four weeks of fighting killed at least 1,867 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. "We are in consultation with all the Council members and hope that in the next day or two we can come up with a product," Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar said. The latest initiative came as a 72-hour truce appeared to be holding and the two sides agreed to send envoys to Cairo for peace talks. "We are very happy with the ceasefire and with the efforts that the Egyptians and the Americans have made," said Kawar, who stressed the urgent need for a Gaza reconstruction plan. The 15-member Council has adopted a statement calling for a ceasefire, but the Palestinians and Arab countries have said it falls short of a formal resolution from the top body. Agreement on the statement was reached after the United States dropped reservations that the wording would single out Israel for harsh criticism. The new text, revised from a previous version circulated by Jordan two weeks ago, calls for a full UN investigation of the attacks on UN-run schools in Gaza, used as shelters for civilians fleeing the fighting. It also calls for the lifting of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip that human rights groups say have turned the territory into an "open prison." Britain, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, said talks would continue over the coming days on the proposed resolution but that the outcome would depend on the situation on the ground. "Perhaps the situation is a bit different and we need a slightly different approach in the Security Council," said Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Turkey, Iran, Iraq concerned over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA: Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey&rs... More

Three civilians killed in held Kashmir claim police

SRINAGAR: Authorities in India-held Kashmir claimed that suspected militants hurled a grenade at motorcade of a local government minister on Thursday,... More

Trump budget opens new fight among Republicans

WASHINGTON: Republican U.S. Representative Todd Rokita keeps a clock hanging on the wall of his Capitol Hill office that tracks the U.S. government... More

15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Black Sea coast

Fifteen people drowned and up to 15 more were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the coas... More

Iran s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready t... More

Fresh fires bomb blast in Myanmars Rakhine

Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said on Friday, the latest unrest in a ... More

Pakistan tells UN wont be scapegoat in Afghan war

Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told... More

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More

84