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MENAFN - Arab News - 22/08/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) UNITED NATIONS: Britain France and Germany have put forward key points of a new UN Security Council resolution on Gaza in a fresh bid to end six weeks of violence diplomats said Thursday.

The European initiative came as fighting flared in the six-week war with Israeli airstrikes killing three top Hamas commanders and an Egyptian-led effort to broker peace talks teetering on the verge of collapse.

The two-page document obtained by AFP calls for an immediate and sustainable cease-fire that would put an end to the firing of rockets and military operations in the Gaza Strip.

It calls for a lifting of the Israeli blockade and a monitoring mechanism to report on cease-fire violations and verify the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip.

Diplomats said the measure was aimed at advancing efforts to reach agreement within the 15-member Security Council on a resolution after Jordan's draft met with resistance notably from the United States.

The points described in the 'elements' document lay out the parameters for a cease-fire deal that would address Israel's security concerns and Palestinian demands.

It instructs UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to immediately come up with proposals to 'implement the relevant provisions of this resolution' in a move that could jump start the peace negotiations.

UN diplomats said they hoped the initiative would shore up the Egyptian-led peace track and lead to a sustainable cease-fire to avoid a relapse into war in a few years.

'We are getting positive messages from the region that this could be helpful' a diplomatic source told AFP.

More than 2083 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict that began on July 8 most of them civilians according to UN officials.

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