Washington Post: France and Germany are pressing for a ceasefire to confront the epidemic

Selava Omar –

Concerning the international initiatives for the ceasefire process, the Washington Post said, “He urged senior diplomats in France and Germany to intensify measures for the speedy implementation of a new United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in major global conflicts to address the coronavirus.

“We now need to redouble our efforts,” French Foreign Minister “Jean-Yves Laudrian” said, referring to the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya, the African Sahel region and Afghanistan where “the situation remains very unstable and the civilian population continues to suffer the consequences.”

And on his part German Foreign Minister “Heiko Maas”, who chaired the meeting, urged the often divided council members to implement the long-awaited resolution by working together for a ceasefire in specific countries.

He said: We all know that they can facilitate the arrival of humanitarian aid and act as entry points for political talks.

The resolution calls on all warring parties to immediately engage in a permanent humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days to enable safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, and it exempts military operations against ISIS, extremist groups, al-Qaeda and related groups.

The Secretary-General said that the call for a ceasefire had yielded some positive results, but that it has since expired or collapsed in some cases, and welcomed the Council’s demand to stop the fighting.

“Peter Maurerط, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told the council that conflict areas are the sharp end of epidemics where people are already living on the edge of a “knife

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