UN Chief calls China over Gaza

January 11, 2009 12:00 am

, BEIJING, Jan 11 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke to China’s foreign minister Sunday, as part of an effort to bring about the ceasefire in Gaza called for in last week’s UN Security Council resolution, state media reported.

Yang Jiechi said China, a permanent member of the council, would continue its efforts to help resolve the conflict and push for ceasefire talks, the official Xinhua news agency reported, adding Ban had initiated the telephone conversation.

A Chinese envoy will visit Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories in the next few days to join international efforts to end the Gaza conflict, the foreign ministry has said.

The UN chief told Yang that he planned to visit Gaza shortly in hopes of ensuring the security council resolution that was passed on Thursday is put into effect, Xinhua reported.

The two men exchanged views on other international and regional issues, including the situation in Myanmar and the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, the report said.

Israeli troops and Hamas fighters battled on Sunday, ignoring world pleas to stop the 16-day-old war that has killed more than 850 people. Egypt is trying to broker a truce in Israel’s deadliest ever assault on the impoverished Gaza Strip.


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