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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Libya presented a draft resolution from the Arab League to a UN Security Council emergency meeting that calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

The draft resolution "strongly condemns all military attacks and the excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by Israel, the occupying power, which have led to the death and injury of scores of innocent Palestinian civilians, including women and children."

It calls for "an immediate ceasefire and for its full respect by both sides."

It also calls on Israel "to scrupulously abide by all of its obligations under international humanitarian law, particularly under the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilians in time of war."

The emergency council meeting was convened at the behest of Egypt, which assumed the Arab League presidency in December.

The 15-member council is now expected to convene a public debate on the draft resolution that includes representatives from Israel, Egypt, the Arab League and the Palestinian territories.

The British and American ambassadors to the United Nations said the resolution needs to be amended before possible adoption because it fails to mention the ongoing Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that motivated the current Israeli military operation.

"This resolution as currently circulated by Libya is not balanced and therefore, as currently drafted, it is not acceptable to the United States," US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters.

Sudan's UN ambassador Abdalmahmud Abdalhaleem Mohamad and Arab League representative Yahya Mahmassani said the Council would likely meet at the foreign minister-level in the coming days, with at least eight Arab countries participating.

Foreign ministers from Arab League nations meeting in Cairo Wednesday called for a binding UN resolution requiring an immediate halt to hostilities.

A delegation headed by chief Saudi diplomat Prince Saud al-Faisal with foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, a Palestinian representative and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will likely come to UN headquarters to argue the Arab League's case, Mohamad said.

The Sudanese ambassador said a Security Council meeting with these representatives could be held Sunday or Monday.

The draft resolution also calls "for the immediate and sustained opening of the border crossings of the Gaza Strip," and the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries to its population.

It "stresses the need for restoration of calm in full in order to pave the way for resolving all issues in a peaceful manner within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

The text appears to have been amended since an initial version was released to the press in Cairo. It no longer includes a call for Israel to stop its "barbaric" aggression, lift its blockade of Gaza and stop the "collective punishment" of the Palestinian people.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas also appealed Wednesday for a UN resolution imposing a ceasefire.

Abbas is set to meet Monday with the UN Security Council to discuss the situation.

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since ousting Abbas loyalists in June 2007. Despite winning Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, Hamas has since been boycotted by much of the West for refusing to recognize Israel.

Israel's pounding of Gaza began after the December 19 expiry of a six-month truce with Hamas brokered by Egypt and a resumption of rocket fire by Gaza-based militants.

The Arab League talks were taking place as Israel rejected world calls for a truce and vowed to press ahead with its deadly Gaza offensive.

The actions have so far lasted five days, killed nearly 400 Palestinians and left more than 1,900 wounded, according to Gaza emergency services.
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Great minds think alike, I just posted this FreeFlow! Maybe this will get a pin-eroo.
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Great minds think alike, I just posted this FreeFlow! Maybe this will get a pin-eroo.
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Oops sorry dear, didn't see it, will change this thread to something else then ...

And pin, not here I am afraid lol.
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Great minds think alike, I just posted this FreeFlow! Maybe this will get a pin-eroo.

Oops sorry dear, didn't see it, will change this thread to something else then ...

And pin, not here I am afraid lol.
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No worries, FreeFlow!!!! I posted a lot of threads this morning for some reason.

Do you think USA is going to block UN resolution? Again?
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Great minds think alike, I just posted this FreeFlow! Maybe this will get a pin-eroo.

Oops sorry dear, didn't see it, will change this thread to something else then ...

And pin, not here I am afraid lol.


No worries, FreeFlow!!!! I posted a lot of threads this morning for some reason.

Do you think USA is going to block UN resolution? Again?
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Foregone conclusion...
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This resolution as currently circulated by Libya is not balanced and therefore, as currently drafted, it is not acceptable to the United States," US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters.

the usa does not want an end to this atrocity. they want iran to interceed. so they can "legally" attack iran. usa is going to block all efforts to restore some sembalence of sanity. this should have been stopped days ago.
and i just wonder if the "hamas" who supposedly first fired the rockets was like "al queda"(911!!) i mean it would be a cakewalk to pull off, and vawalla, ya have the gaza massacre underway. iran gets sucked in trying to defend the palies, and vawalla!! ya have ww3.
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Let's see if the US gov will veto the resolution.

The US gov support of the brutal Israeli regieme puts
Americans at a much greater risk of being targeted
the world over...how is this in the best interest of
a majority of US citizens?

TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER - Contact your reps in congress and let them know where you stand on this
issue...

[link to www.congress.org]
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