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IBSA nations call upon Israel, Palestine to stop violence and talks

Posted on Nov 22, 09:04PM | UNI

India along with Brazil and South Africa today strongly condemned the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine and urged the two parties to cease violence.

These countries, grouped as 'IBSA' nations, also stressed the urgent need to lift the blockade on Gaza which they said continued to worsen the already dire socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the region.

The three countries expressed their strong support to the mediation efforts of the Government of Egypt, the League of Arab States and the UN Secretary-General aimed at achieving a negotiated ceasefire.

"The IBSA countries believe that only diplomacy and dialogue will lead to the resolution of the current crisis, which makes it even more urgent to resume direct talks between Israel and Palestine, leading to a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian Question that is the achievement of a two-state solution," the IBSA group said in a statement.

They expressed the hope that the United Nations Security Council will do its utmost in the fulfillment of its responsibilities in regard to this serious situation.

The three countries also backed Palestine's request to be accorded Observer State status in the United Nations system. The UN General Assembly is going to discuss the Question of Palestine soon.