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OAS Members Call for Cease Fire and End to the Violence in Gaza

  July 24, 2014

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), during the regular meeting held Wednesday, heard the positions of member states and the Secretary General of the institution, José Miguel Insulza, on the escalation of violence in Gaza, which has claimed more than 700 lives to this point.

The representatives, who read the official positions of their governments, and Secretary General Insulza, mentioned the need for an immediate cease fire, an end to the violence that fundamentally affects innocent civilians, and support for the measures of the United Nations.

Secretary General Insulza, as he expressed last week, said “there are two lines here: the first is to demand an immediate cease fire,” and next, he said it is necessary to emphasize that “Gaza has no viability, no possibility of life in current conditions. It is a zone completely blocked off whose inhabitants cannot leave through Israel nor Egypt without great difficulty.”

The OAS leader appealed to the responsibility of international organizations to find a solution to put an end to the attacks and to seek a solution for the underlying problem, because “you cannot have 1.8 million people living in a territory that small without any way of earning a living and think that hostilities will not begin again soon.”

The representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States took the floor to present the positions of their governments on the conflict.

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Reference: E-319/14