UN Chief welcomes Biden’s ceasefire proposal


Published: 2024-06-01 10:09

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 16:56

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (File photo)
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (File photo)

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that he welcomes US President Joe Biden’s initiative for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and encouraged all parties to “seize this opportunity” for a ceasefire, guaranteed unhindered humanitarian access and “durable peace in the middle east.”

“We have witnessed too much suffering & destruction in Gaza. It's time to stop,” the UN Chief said on his “X” account.

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The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) stated that it will approach any proposal based on a permanent ceasefire and a complete withdrawal of “Israeli” forces from Gaza positively.

Hamas added in a statement that it positively views the U.S. President's speech, which called for a permanent ceasefire and the withdrawal of the occupation from Gaza.

The American position and the growing conviction regionally and internationally of the necessity to end the war are the result of the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, according to Hamas.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden revealed details of a new proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, saying that “Israel” had made an entirely new proposal consisting of three stages.

Biden added in a press conference on Friday that the Israeli Occupation had presented a comprehensive proposal regarding a ceasefire and the release of all captives, including the return of Palestinians in Gaza to their homes.

In the second stage, all living prisoners would be exchanged, including "Israeli" soldiers, while the third stage would include a large reconstruction plan for the Gaza Strip.

Biden said that Tel Aviv wants to ensure that Hamas is unable to carry out another attack similar to Oct. 7.

He also noted that the “Israeli” proposal includes a six-week cessation of hostilities in the first stage, which will allow “Israel” to integrate into the region and reach a historic normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia.