Arabs want UN resolution ensuring Gaza cease-fire

January 1, 2009 02:40

The Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday night on an Arab request for a legally binding and enforceable UN resolution that would ensure an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The council issued a press statement early Sunday expressing serious concern at the escalating situation in Gaza and calling on Israel and the Palestinians to immediately halt all violence. But unlike Security Council resolutions, council press statements are not legally binding, and the Israeli bombing has continued, along with Hamas rocket and mortar attacks into southern Israel. Egypt's UN Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, on behalf of Arab Group of nations at the UN, asked for an emergency session on "the continued Israeli military aggression," on instructions from Arab League foreign ministers who met in Cairo earlier Wednesday.

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