Text of UN Security Council resolution for Gaza cease-fire
The Gaza resolution 'stresses the urgency of and calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire leading to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.'
The Gaza resolution adopted Thursday by the UN Security Council "stresses the urgency of and calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire leading to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza."
The resolution's main points:
"Calls for the unimpeded provisions and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment.
"Welcomes the initiatives aimed at creating and opening humanitarian corridors and other mechanisms for the sustained delivery of humanitarian aid.
"Calls on member states to support international efforts to alleviate the humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza, including through urgently needed additional contributions to UNRWA and through the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee. (UNRWA is the agency responsible for assisting Palestinian refugees)
"Condemns all acts of violence and terror directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism.
"Calls upon member states to intensify efforts to provide arrangements and guarantees in Gaza in order to sustain a durable ceasefire and calm, including to prevent illicit trafficking in arms and ammunition and to ensure the sustained reopening of the crossing points on the basis of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and in this regard, welcomes the Egyptian initiative, and other regional and international efforts that are underway.
"Encourages tangible steps towards intra-Palestinian reconciliation, including in support of mediation efforts of Egypt and the League of Arab States as expressed in the November 25, 2008, statement, and consistent with Security Council Resolution 1850 and other relevant resolutions.
"Calls for the renewed and urgent efforts by the parties and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders, as envisaged in Security Council 1850, and recalls the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative.
"Welcomes the Quartet's consideration, in consultation with the parties, of an international meeting in Moscow in 2009."