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UN chief Ban repeats call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza


Source: | 01-18-2009 11:30

Special Report:   Israel airstrikes in Gaza

Israel was due to call off its offensive just minutes ago. This followed growing calls worldwide for an an immediate ceasefire.

In a speech delivered to the Lebanese Parliament on Saturday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon repeated his call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, not seen, at Abbas' compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The U.N. Secretary-General is in the Mideast to step up diplomatic efforts to get Israel and Hamas to adhere to a U.N. cease-fire resolution in the Gaza Strip and allow humanitarian aid into the devastated Palestinian territory.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 
speaks during a joint press conference 
with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 
not seen, at Abbas' compound in the West 
Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. 
(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Ban Ki-Moon said, "Let me repeat my simple and core and immediate message. Both sides must first stop the fighting now. We cannot wait for all the details, the mechanisms to be conclusively negotiated and agreed while civilians continue to be traumatized, injured and killed. We have no time to lose. We demand, I demand, again an immediate ceasefire. "