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UN Security Council suspends Gaza debate

Last modified: 22 Nov 2012 00:01

With a ceasefire announced in the Gaza crisis, the UN Security Council suspended a formal open debate that had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The council has been silent since Israel launched air raids on Hamas in Gaza in response to months of Hamas rocket fire into Israel.

Arab nations on Tuesday had called for an open debate if a cease-fire was not arranged.

Instead, the council held closed consultations, then was to hear a report by videoconference from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has been talking with leaders in the Middle East on the crisis.

Britain's UN Mission said in a tweet that the council was working out a statement welcoming the ceasefire and commenting on how the process can be consolidated.