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Israel accepts truce ‘principles’

Israel palestine flagIsrael has agreed “on the principles” of a ceasefire proposal, raising hopes of an end to its conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza.

“The challenge now is to get the details to match the principles,” Israeli spokesman Mark Regev said.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas said there were “positive signs but no agreement yet”.

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The UN Security Council in New York has resumed discussions on the proposal, put forward by France and Egypt.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US supported the Franco-Egyptian initiative and that she had spoken to Arab ministers and the Israelis about moving forward on it.

She added that the US did not want a ceasefire that would return Israel and the Palestinians to the “status quo” preceding the conflict.

Israel wants to stop rocket attacks on southern Israel and to stop Hamas smuggling weapons into Gaza via Egypt, while Hamas says any ceasefire deal must include an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Israel said it was not sure how long the diplomatic process would take and that a working arms embargo on Hamas was needed.

In a statement released on Wednesday, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed “the acceptance by Israel and the Palestinian Authority” of the French-Egyptian ceasefire plan. The statement did not mention Hamas.

Tony Blair, Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the UN, US, Russia and EU, told the BBC he was hopeful that the ceasefire proposal would succeed.

The building blocks of a plan had been agreed but the details had still to be worked out, he said, which would take hard work over the coming days.

Source: BBC News

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