The United Nations (UN) has called for a humanitarian ceasefire of the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.
UN Resident Coordinator, Beatrice Mutali, said there was need for unrestricted access for lifesaving aid, the release of all hostages, the protection of civilians and an end to violations of international humanitarian law.
Speaking in Lusaka on Thursday during the commemoration of the international day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Mutali further called for unity in demanding an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza.
The Resident Coordinator said a solution needs to be reached based on UN resolutions where Israel and Palestine will live in peace with Jerusalem as capital of both states.
“It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards a two-State solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security with Jerusalem as the capital of both States,” Mutali said.
Palestine Ambassador to Zambia Dr, Walid Hassan, expressed gratitude to members of the diplomatic corps for offering solidarity to the country.
Hassan noted that the commemoration coincides with a heightening of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
The Palestinian ambassador suggested that the timing was perfect to hold an international peace forum.
“We are convinced now more than ever that the time has come to hold an international peace conference, and uphold the international will,” Hassan said.
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