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Asked whether the Prime Minister had spoken to Chancellor Merkel or President Sarkozy about the situation in Gaza and the possibility of a 10-day ceasefire, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was expected to speak to Ban Ki-Moon later today, specifically on Gaza and the reports this morning of the UN headquarters in Gaza being damaged in the fighting, as well as a hospital also being damaged.

These developments underlined our grave concern over the situation in Gaza and reinforced the need for an urgent ceasefire. The Prime Minister this morning set out our approach after discussions with President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel; we would support a solution that would tackle the problem of arms trafficking especially through the use of tunnels. We would also make available our resources to find a solution to the monitoring of crossings. The most important thing was that an immediate ceasefire was obtained and as the Prime Minister had said, we would be working night and day to achieve that.

Put that there was absolutely no sign of the Israelis taking this on board, the PMS said that that was why we continued to work with our international partners to find a solution, beginning with an urgent ceasefire. Asked if it was the Government s view that Israel would only stop once they had achieved their objectives, the PMS replied that we recognised there were concerns on different sides and we also recognised as the Prime Minister had said, particular problems with arms trafficking. We were working with our international partners to find a solution to that and to other problems including the question of humanitarian access.

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