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The United Nations Secretary-General called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to peaceful negotiations to end the conflict.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called for respect for the recent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine and called on the leaders of the warring parties to start a "serious dialogue" on the root of the conflict.
"I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel after 11 days of deadly hostilities," the top UN official told a press conference.
Guterres stressed that the Gaza Strip is an integral part of the future Palestinian state and no effort should be spared to achieve genuine national reconciliation.
The Secretary-General noted that the agency is committed to working with both the Israelis and the Palestinians, and pointed out that there must be a return to peaceful negotiations "to end the occupation and allow for the two-state solution to be realized."
He also stressed the need for the international community to work with the UN to develop a plan to support reconstruction and recovery in the occupied Palestinian territory and to strengthen its institutions in the wake of the violence that has left considerable damage.
I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza & Israel, after days of deadly hostilities.
All sides must observe this ceasefire.
Israeli & Palestinian leaders have a responsibility beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict. pic.twitter.com/VQHQMpadY8