The U.N. Security Council ratified a draft statement early Monday calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
The council adopted the presidential statement as Muslims begin celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The statement calls for both Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas “to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond.” It said this would allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance.
The statement also called on both sides to begin to “engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected cease-fire,” based on a proposal previously put forward by Egypt. Hamas has rejected previous Egyptian proposals for a truce in the region and insisted that any cease-fire agreement must include the lifting of a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.
The resolution was drafted by Jordan, the Arab League’s representative on the Security Council. The text “expresses grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties,” though it does not call for the Israeli military to pull out of the territory.
Rwanda, the current council president, announced agreement Sunday night on the presidential statement and the immediate, rare emergency meeting. Presidential statements become part of the council’s official record and must be approved at a council meeting. They are a step below Security Council resolutions, but unlike resolutions they require approval of all 15 members.
The Security Council is often deeply divided on Israeli-Palestinian issues, with the United States, Israel’s most important ally, often blocking or using its veto on statements and resolutions pressed by the Palestinians and their supporters.
Jordan’s deputy U.N. ambassador Mahmoud Hmoud said the presidential statement was the first Security Council document on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since January 2009, when the council called for an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza after another conflict with Hamas.
The Gaza health ministry claims the 20-day war has killed more than 1,030 Palestinians, though it is unclear how many are civilians. Israel has lost 43 soldiers, as well as two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker killed by rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, according to the Israeli military.
The Palestinians and the Israelis both criticized the statement adopted by the council.
Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour said the council should have adopted a strong and legally binding resolution a long time ago demanding an immediate halt to Israel’s “aggression,” providing the Palestinian people with protection and lifting the siege in the Gaza Strip so goods and people can move freely.
Nonetheless, Mansour expressed hope that Israel will “honor and respect” a new humanitarian cease-fire which the Palestinians hope will last “for a long time” so all outstanding issues can be addressed, especially the siege.
“You cannot keep 1.8 million Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip in this huge prison,” he told reporters. “That is a recipe for disaster, It is inhumane, and it has to be stopped and it has to be lifted.”
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said the presidential statement didn’t mention Hamas or the firing of rockets into Israel or Israel’s right to defend itself.
He sidestepped several questions on whether Israel would accept a new humanitarian cease-fire, but stressed that it had agreed to five cease-fires since the conflict began.
“Every single time the international community called for a cease-fire, we ceased and Hamas fired,” he said.
Prosor directed his statement to countries that give money to the Palestinians in Gaza, saying, “Your tax dollars are not being used towards education, civil services or development — they are being used to develop a terrorist stronghold.”
The statement calls for “full respect” for international humanitarian law and reiterates “the need to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians and their protection.”
The statement also commends efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to achieve a cease-fire. Ban is scheduled to address U.N. correspondents on Monday morning on his mission.
In the longer term, the statement urges the parties and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace “with secure and recognized borders.”
Man Calls Hajia4Real An International Prostitute And This Is His Reason (Photo)
Today on Throwback Thursday, we are taking you to last year, when Mona Montrage, the then girlfriend (fiancée) of Ghanaian business man, Kennedy Agyapong (Kenpong) parted ways, which led to a tape by Amanda Acquah – who is now married to Ghanaian footballer, Afriyie Acquah. The tape, as many may be aware caused a stir in the media as Amanda accused Mona of sleeping around with many top footballers.
We are throwing back to revelations by a man called Adams who backed his allegations that Hajia4Real is an International prostitute with proof. He made a tall revelation on Facebook that awed everyone. Here is an unedited copy of it, directed at advising Kenpong:
Hey bro I saw you just posted a picture of Mona in your profile. Well I am not the usual type that comments on stuffs like that but just wanna let you know it’s never love. I was the first victim of Mona. I guess you know the story if we’re following my facebook in 2011. I was introduced to her by a friend and finally we got engaged. I paid for her school and brought her to the U.S. Her first time of coming to the U.S. and when she came over here, I bought her a Range Rover, you can still see that on my page. I spent a total of $100,000 dollars on this girl expenses. But then what happened, she didn’t even spend 6 months in my house. She left and start sleeping with taxi drivers with the help of Sirina Issah. So she is nothing but an international Prostitute.
My story is silent because I ain’t one of the guys who will like her downfall but before I brought her here for the first time, she didn’t have no high school certificate so she took about $5000 dollars to do a fake one and that was what she sent to the embassy.
What I went through with this girl, if I were to make it known on facebook, her life would have been over. I still have all the fake high school certificate she did in order for me to enroll her in to a school here. She was nothing.
You know I was born in tamale and I left Ghana when I was very young. Made a lot of money here in the USA and I wanted to get marry because of pressure I was getting from back home.
So a homie in tamale named Abdul basit Tuba Dagomba introduced her to me It was back in 2010. I was taking care of her, her schooling until 201. When she decided that she want to join me here in the USA. So as usual, our families got together for engagement ceremonies and I started her school procedures her.
Immediately she got here, she said she wanted to stay in Chicago so I went to Chicago met Sirina Issa Rented an apartment there for her I didn’t wanna quite my job in New York. So I was with her and Chicago and very monday I had to fly in to New York. That serious thing u got for her.
Then when ever I leave for New York she would go and be staying with taxi driver and smoke weed (that’s not a problem to smoke weed). Then sometimes she brings men in my house whiles I was in New York, they will smoke and sleep in my house. I didn’t believe it until when I bought a Range Rover for her and later they decided to send the car to exchange for cash and the car company called me.
I rush over to Chicago to talk to her and she got mad and moved out of my house to stay with Sirina Isaah. That was the end of the story, I tried many times to talk to her, and she wouldn’t return. Sirina Issah took advantage of my love vulnerability to steal a lot of money from me with the promise that they gonna let her come back to me
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