LONDON/JERUSALEM, August 27, 2014 – (WAFA) – The British Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, welcomed Tuesday the Egyptian-brokered Gaza ceasefire, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in an online press release.
Minister Ellwood said: “I welcome today’s agreement by all parties to a ceasefire. I pay tribute to the Government of Egypt for their work to secure this important step.”
Affirming the need for resolving the underlying causes of the conflict, he added: “The ceasefire provides a critical and welcome window of opportunity for reaching a comprehensive agreement that tackles the underlying causes of the conflict.”
He stressed that the ceasefire should ensure that “the Palestinian Authority resumes control of Gaza and restores effective and accountable governance; and that Israel lifts its restrictions in order to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians, and allow the Gazan economy to grow and that Hamas and other militant groups permanently end rocket fire and other attacks against Israel”, and called for an “international monitoring and verification to ensure full implementation of a comprehensive agreement.”
“These discussions are not easy, but there is no viable alternative. The international community stands ready to assist.”