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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary appeals to UN leader over conflict

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has appealed to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to go in person to the region for last-ditch talks to avert full-scale conflict.

There is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Over the decades violence has only led to more violence.

What is needed now is an immediate end to the violence. We urge the UN Secretary General to visit the region this week to begin talks with all parties, and with partners in the region.

There must now be a full-scale diplomatic initiative, led by the UN Secretary General himself, to try and bring this conflict to an end.

The only hope for peace and security for the citizens of the region will be through re-starting the stalled negotiations towards agreeing a two state solution.

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