Monday, August 4, 2014

Tanzania calls for a ceasefire in Gaza strip

THE continued human killings going on in West Bank along Gaza strip between Israelis and Palestinians has greatly angered Tanzania despite of the call earlier issued by the government requesting the two warring groups to ceasefire. A statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has called on the on Israel and the Hamas group of Palestinians to ceasefire immediately. According to the statement, Tanzania government has reiterated its stand over the fight by strongly condemning the ongoing killings of innocent civilians in the region among them elderly, women and Children. Tanzania government has called upon the International Community to continue supporting diplomatic efforts to end the conflict peacefully, reads part of the statement a copy of which was made available to the Guardian Limited. The statement is further quoted as saying that, the core to the solution of this conflict is availing the people of Palestine the right to self-determination through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Benard Membe.

The government therefore maintains its support to the two-state solution with Palestine and Israel co-existing in harmony and ensuring security of the State of Israel. The mounting of the international pressure for a ceasefire has come amid continuing violence in Gaza strip as Israeli troops continues to harass Palestinians and hit Gaza city, and the south and centre of the coastal enclave, home to 1.8 million people. Currently the Palestinians are mourning for their dead relatives. Meanwhile Israel’s diplomatic engagement with Africa has been turbulent. Israel established diplomatic ties with newly-independent African nations as they gained independence by the early 1970s, Israel had formal diplomatic relations with 33 nations.  However, at the end of the Arab-Israeli war in 1973, several countries in sub-Saharan Africa severed ties with Israel. Egypt also sponsored a resolution that called for the ending of relations with Israel through the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU). By the 1980s, diplomatic relations between Africa and Israel began to improve again with 40 African countries maintaining formal ties with Israel by the 1990s. But in this time, many countries had also established formal ties with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Thus, in the contemporary situation, most African countries recognise the diplomatic and economic benefits of relations with Israel while continuing to express support for Palestinian self-determination.

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