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Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap) urges Israel and Hamas to agree on a long-term ceasefire. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 06.05.2024 08:14:38

Accidents and natural disasters: – The whole world is following the talks, and expects both parties to show a willingness to meet each other, he says in a statement about the ceasefire negotiations.

The most important thing now is to agree to stop the hostilities, release the hostages and improve humanitarian access to Gaza, he believes.

– Gaza is a man-made disaster. Words cannot describe the suffering and distress the 2.3 million inhabitants have gone through in the last seven months. The most important thing now is to agree to stop the hostilities, release the hostages and improve humanitarian access to Gaza, says Barth Eide.

He emphasizes that a ceasefire is the short-term goal.

– At the same time, it is crucial that the international community, as well as the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, get involved in the political track, including moving forward in the work for a Palestinian state, he says.

(© NTB)

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