South Africa's Top Diplomat Proposes Plan to Resolve Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor on Tuesday proposed a plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which includes an immediate comprehensive ceasefire and complete opening of humanitarian corridors.
As the conflict unfolds and gains momentum, various states and the UN are calling for an immediate ceasefire. South Africa is also deeply concerned about current situation, calling for a ceasefire in order to open humanitarian corridors.
"As South Africa, we remain steadfast in calling for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire... as well as complete opening of all humanitarian corridors to ensure much-needed aid and basic services reach those in need," Pandor said in an address to the country's National Assembly.
The minister also called on the parties to the conflict to show restraint and release all civilian hostages.
Moreover, Pandor said a zone free of nuclear weapons should be established in the Middle East, and Palestine and Israel should resume dialog, adding that a rapid reaction force of the United Nations should be deployed in Palestine to observe the ceasefire and protect civilians.
On October 7, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip to eliminate Hamas fighters and rescue the hostages.