UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.”

Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details “at this highly sensitive moment.” As he started to address the council a siren could be heard in the background.

“Suffice it to say, it is my hope and belief that these talks will lead to results and an end to the fighting in the very near future,” Ban said.

He cautioned, however, that “of course there are many obstacles and complexities.”

The U.N. chief has also visited Qatar, Kuwait, Cairo and Jerusalem on what he called his mission “of solidarity and peace.” In the last three days he has met with the head of the Arab League and Arab and Israeli leaders as well as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

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