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Helen Clark backs UNGA resolution for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

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Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, 1 December 2023. Photo: Fadi Alwhidi/Anadolu via Getty.
Media Release: Following the UN General Assembly resolution vote on a ceasefire in Gaza, Helen Clark calls for its immediate implementation and for all states with influence over Israel to use every lever at their dispoal to secure it: 

Helen Clark, Member of The Elders, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and UN Development Programme Administrator, said:

“The UN General Assembly’s call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire must be implemented now. Enough is enough. 

"The world is rightly outraged at the scale and horror of the deaths of civilians in Gaza, and the collective punishment of Gazans who are experiencing mass displacement, starvation and disease along with continual bombardment.  

"This UNGA resolution reflects growing anger at the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and the persistent violations of international humanitarian law by both sides.  Its demands for civilian protection, the unconditional and immediate release of all hostages and humanitarian access must be met.
"The UNGA has acted where the Security Council has once again failed. A ceasefire and negotiations for a political settlement are the only way to halt the cycle of violence. There is no military solution to this conflict.  All states with influence over Israel and Hamas must use every lever at their disposal to secure an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.  Our common humanity demands it.”

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