UN resolution urges Israel, Hamas to implement ceasefire terms

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council endorsed President Joe Biden’s ceasefire proposal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinian group to accept the plan to end the eight-month conflict.

Hamas welcomed the U.S.-drafted resolution, expressing readiness to work with mediators to implement principles aligned with their people’s demands.

Russia abstained from the vote, while the other 14 council members supported the three-phase ceasefire plan presented by Biden on May 31, which he described as an Israeli initiative.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the vote as a commitment to peace.

The resolution, which Israel has accepted, calls on Hamas to agree and urges both parties to implement the terms without delay.

Algeria, the council’s sole Arab member, backed the resolution, highlighting its potential to achieve an immediate and lasting ceasefire and provide hope for Palestinians.

The resolution specifies that negotiations extending beyond six weeks for phase one will not disrupt the ceasefire as long as talks continue.

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