August 20th, 2014 13:48 EST
UN Chief Ban Disappointed at Renewed Hostilities Between Hamas and Israrel
As renewed violence signalled the end of the latest Gaza ceasefire, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave disappointment at the return to hostilities and urged the parties to reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues. "
In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire which was to expire at midnight local time last night.
He is gravely disappointed by the return to hostilities, " said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban reminded both sides of their responsibility not to let the situation escalate.
The hopes of the people in Gaza for a better future and the hopes of the people in Israel for sustainable security rest on the talks in Cairo, " the UN chief said, calling on the delegations to live up to that expectation.
Mr. Ban in his statement urged the parties to reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues afflicting Gaza.
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