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German envoy to UN calls for immediate ceasefire

Last modified: 20 Nov 2012 00:25

German Ambassador to the UN Peter Wittig confirmed that discussions, about a Security Council press statement on the crisis in Gaza and Israel, were under way.

Wittig said Germany would want to deplore casualties on both sides and stress that the dangerous situation must be cooled down as soon as possible.

"There was a clear feeling by the majority of the members that the Security Council has to pronounce itself,'' he told reporters.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo on Monday night to begin talks aimed at de-escalating the violence.