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The U.N. Security Council issued a statement on Saturday calling for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered ...
on Gaza. (July 12)
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SHOTLIST:+++UPDATED TO CORRECT SUPER/I.D. ON U.N. SEC. COUNCIL PRESIDENT+++UN TV - AP CLIENTS ONLYUnited Nations - July 12, 2014++AUDIO AS INCOMING++1. SOUNDBITE (English) Eugene Gasana, UN Security Council president: "the security council members expressed serious concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the protection and welfare of civilians on both sides. The security council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and restitution of the November 2012 ceasefire. The security council members further called for respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians. The security council members also expressed their support for the resumption of direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians with the aim of achieving a comprehensive peace settlement based on the two-states solution. I thank you."STORYLINE:The U.N. Security Council is calling for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on Gaza.A council statement approved Saturday by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution.The press statement expresses "serious concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the protection and welfare of civilians on both sides." It calls for respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.The press statement, which is not legally binding but reflects international opinion, is the first response by the U.N.'s most powerful body, which has been deeply divided on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.