UN chief wants monitors for Gaza cease-fire
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging key world leaders to intensify efforts to achieve an immediate Israeli-Hamas cease-fire that includes?international monitors to enforce a truce and possibly to protect Palestinian civilians, a UN official has said.?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and several Arab foreign ministers are flying to New York over the weekend to urge the UN Security Council to?adopt an Arab draft resolution that would condemn Israel and demand a halt to its bombing campaign in Gaza.?

But the United States said the draft is ''unacceptable'' and ''unbalanced'' because it makes no mention of halting the Hamas rocketing of southern?Israel which led to the Israeli offensive.?

Experts met behind closed doors yesterday afternoon to discuss the Arab draft, and it is expected to be at the heart of UN discussions starting?Monday.?

Ban scheduled meetings on Monday with Abbas and the Arab foreign ministers.?

Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told reporters via video link from Jerusalem that a comprehensive?approach is essential to end the crisis and prevent a return to the ''inherently unstable and unsustainable'' situation in Gaza and southern Israel.?

A solution requires commitments from the parties that they will respect a cease-fire ''in full,'' the monitoring of a truce, the permanent opening of all?border crossings into Gaza, the return of Hamas-ruled Gaza to the fold of the Palestinian Authority, renewed efforts to reunite Gaza and the West?

Bank--and ultimately the achievement of Israeli-Palestinian peace, Serry said.?
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