The US mission proposed this draft press statement on Gaza, diplomats said. The text will be discussed at the Security Council in a closed meeting at 3 pm today.
Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Gaza
The following Security Council press statement on the situation in Gaza was read out by Council President Hardeep Singh Puri (India):
The members of the Security Council welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached by the parties in order to bring about a sustainable and durable cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel. The members of the Council called on the parties to uphold the agreement, and expressed their continued support for the ongoing international efforts to consolidate this process.
The members of the Council strongly commend the efforts of Egyptian President Morsi and others to achieve the ceasefire. The members of the Council also expressed strong appreciation for the efforts of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in this regard.
The members of the Council called on the international community to provide additional emergency aid to Gazans and to work with Israel and Egypt on the expeditious delivery of such humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment.
The members of the Security Council deplored the loss of civilian lives resulting from this situation.
The members of the Council stressed the urgency of the restoration of calm in full.
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