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UN: Israel-Gaza Cessation Of Violence Welcomed

Ban Welcomes Israel-Gaza Cessation Of Violence

18 June 2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announced cessation of violence relating to Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"The Secretary-General hopes that these efforts will both provide security and an easing of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and end rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli targets," his spokesperson said in a statement.

"He also hopes that this cessation of violence will lead to a controlled and sustained opening of the Gaza crossings for humanitarian and commercial purposes. The Secretary-General looks forward to all sides acting with care and responsibility in ensuring that this cessation of violence endures."

Mr. Ban also congratulated Egypt on its "persistent efforts to achieve calm through this agreement."

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