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Vassily Nebenzia Advocates for Ceasefire in Gaza Amidst Ongoing Conflict

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Vassily Nebenzia Advocates for Ceasefire in Gaza Amidst Ongoing Conflict

In the backdrop of the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, has made a poignant remark. Nebenzia emphasises that the intermittent lulls in the ongoing combat, known as humanitarian pauses, should be the stepping stones leading to a ceasefire. This assertion comes amidst the resounding clamour of the global community for peace and stability in the region, and the urgency to address the humanitarian crisis that the conflict has fuelled.

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The UN's Stance and Diplomatic Efforts

The UN Security Council had recently proposed a draft resolution demanding urgent and extended humanitarian pauses, and for the establishment of aid corridors throughout the Gaza Strip. Nebenzia, however, proposed an amendment, calling for an immediate, durable, and sustained humanitarian truce leading to the cessation of hostilities. This amendment, unfortunately, was not passed. The US and Russia have found themselves at loggerheads, each accusing the other of impeding attempts to reach an agreement on the conflict in Gaza.

The Ongoing Conflict and its Ramifications

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Since October 7, 2023, an armed conflict has been raging between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip. This war has precipitated a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza, prompting calls for urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the region. Israel and Hamas have been accusing each other of breaching a truce agreed upon in November 2023.

Chinese Intervention and Hope for Resolution

In light of the unfolding crisis, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to preside over a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Palestinian-Israeli issue in New York. The mass casualties among the civilian population have raised alarm, and the objective is to advocate a halt to hostilities and a solution to the Palestinian problem based on the principle of 'two states for two peoples'. This meeting aims to address resolution 2712, which marked the initial steps towards a ceasefire. Nebenzia's call is a part of these diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation and paves the way for negotiations and a more permanent resolution to the conflict.

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