France's foreign minister called the unexpected truce Sunday in the Gaza Strip a major event and urged the international community to seize the opportunity to revive peace efforts.
Philippe Douste-Blazy expressed hope that the truce, which took effect Sunday morning, will hold. If it does, "France can only welcome it," he said on Radio-J.
Douste-Blazy called the quick decision a "major" development for the region.
"The international community should not remain silent and inactive," but should take part in reviving the peace process, he said.
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