Costa Rica to seek U.N. Security council action to end Gaza war

Costa Rica intends to send a request to the United Nations to increase its intervention and support to bring the war in Gaza to an end. Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz said Monday that the letter will be issued to the U.N. Security Council to demand immediate action.

“The United Nations Security Council cannot continue to be a passive witness,” González said.

The minister of Relaciones Exteriores y Culto added that country representatives recently met with Security Council delegates. There, he said, Costa Rica was able to continue voicing its position against the horrible acts of violence between Israeli and Hamas forces.

“Costa Rica has all of the moral authority to demand that international law is respected,” González said.

He said the ministry estimates that there could be more than 100 people that have ties to Costa Rica currently in the Gaza area. Rodrigo Carreras Jiménez, the Costa Rican ambassador to Israel, will be staying in the area for the time being to help encourage peaceful dialogue from Israeli leaders, González said.

González further demanded the creation of an international commission that would allow for an immediate investigation into the war crimes committed.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon left the country Monday after his five-day visit, in which he met with González, President Luis Guillermo Solís, and other prominent political figures. Ban said Wednesday that the historically peaceful country of Costa Rica could provide a guiding light for other nations to follow in war-torn times.

Meanwhile, a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect early today in the Gaza Strip, as efforts intensify to negotiate a long-term end to the conflict, according to wire service reports.

Just before the truce began at 8:00 a.m. local time, Israel announced it would pull its remaining troops from the coastal enclave.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told reporters soldiers will be redeployed in defensive positions outside Gaza and will maintain those defensive positions. The Israeli military says it has destroyed the last of 32 known tunnels Hamas has used to attempt cross-border attacks.

The Israeli troop withdrawal was a key demand of Hamas, whose delegates are expected to arrive in Cairo over the next several days to negotiate a cease-fire extension with Egyptian and Israeli officials.

Ban, in a statement praised the truce, saying talks should commence as soon as possible and deal with underlying issues.

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