Türkiye welcomes UN Security Council's adoption of Gaza ceasefire resolution

Türkiye welcomes the United Nations Security Council's adoption of a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive cease-fire deal to end the war in Gaza, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We consider the United Nations Security Council Resolution to establish a ceasefire as an important step towards ending the massacres in Gaza," the statement read.

The Ministry stated that Türkiye welcomes Hamas' constructive and positive approach to the ceasefire plan and called upon Israel to commit to abide by the permanent ceasefire and fully implement all elements of the resolution.

"Türkiye will continue to contribute to steps to ensure a permanent end to the war, Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, the mutual release of hostages and prisoners, the return of displaced Palestinians, the uninterrupted and adequate delivery of humanitarian aid, and the reconstruction of Gaza," it concluded.

The Security Council on Monday adopted the U.S.-drafted resolution supporting a ceasefire plan in Gaza, as Washington leads an intense diplomatic campaign to push for acceptance of the proposal.

The text — passed with 14 votes in favor and Russia abstaining — "welcomes" the truce and hostage release proposal announced on May 31 by U.S. President Joe Biden, and urges "parties to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition."

The resolution says Israel has accepted the truce plan, and "calls upon Hamas to also accept it."

Hamas said Monday that it "welcomes" the vote.

The United States, a staunch ally of Israel, has been widely criticized for having blocked several previous U.N. draft resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

But Biden late last month launched a new U.S. effort to secure...

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