Namibia urges UN Security Council to implement Gaza ceasefire resolution

Following the adoption of Resolution 2728 by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, which calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, Namibia is calling on the member states to ensure the resolution is implemented without delay.

The Security Council on Monday passed the resolution, which demands an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the release of all hostages.

“Namibia calls on the members of the United Nations Security Council to fulfil their obligations and ensure that Resolution 2728 is implemented without further delay,” Penda Naanda, the executive director of international relations and cooperation, said on Tuesday.

The Security Council is currently composed of 15 members.

Naanda said the adoption of the resolution is a welcome relief for the people of Gaza, who have endured the constant bombardment of their homes, schools, hospitals and places of worship, during which thousands of Palestinians have lost their lives.

“While adopting the resolution is a step in the right direction to end the sixth-month war, Namibia continues to encourage a peaceful solution that will not only end in a permanent ceasefire, but also in two states living side by side in peace and security within the pre-1967 borders, and East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine,” Naanda said.

The executive director said Namibia is committed to resolving international disputes through peaceful means, aligning with the principles outlined in the Namibian Constitution.

The prolonged conflict between Israel and Palestine has resulted in a devastating toll, with approximately 32 333 lives lost, including over 13 000 children and around 8 400 women.

Moreover, more than 74 694 individuals have been injured, including roughly 8 663 children and 6 327 women.

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