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U.S. seeks immediate Gaza ceasefire with conditions

USA flagThe U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it wanted “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza but U.S. officials quickly stressed they would not budge from their stance that it must be durable, sustainable and indefinite.

The United States had previously steered away from the “immediate ceasefire” language embraced by many of its European and Arab allies, who are gathering for a U.N. Security Council meeting on how to end Israel’s 11-day-old offensive in Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s decision to go to the U.N. meeting, and the comments by her spokesman Sean McCormack, initially appeared to signal flexibility in the Bush administration’s stance but U.S. officials denied this.

“We would like an immediate ceasefire, absolutely,” McCormack told reporters. “An immediate ceasefire that is durable, sustainable and not time-limited.”

The Bush administration has consistently supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza and McCormack’s comments stopped well short of calling on Israel to halt its offensive.

Rice tentatively decided on Monday to attend the U.N. session in New York, McCormack said

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed and at least 2,700 wounded since Israel began the campaign last month with the declared aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas Islamist militants on its southern towns. Nine Israelis, including three civilians hit by rocket fire, have been killed.

Source: Reuters

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