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Switzerland backs Biden’s Gaza peace plan

Protesters light flares as they take to the streets to call on the Israeli cabinet to sign a hostage deal and hold early elections during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 1.
Protesters light flares as they take to the streets to call on the Israeli cabinet to sign a hostage deal and hold early elections during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 1. Keystone

Switzerland supports a new peace proposal pushed by US President Joe Biden for a hostage agreement and a ceasefire in Gaza.

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“A political perspective based on a two-state solution must be re-established,” wrote Nicolas Bideau, head of communications at the Swiss foreign ministry, on X on Saturday.

Switzerland supports President Biden’s three-phase plan for an immediate ceasefire, the release of hostages held in Gaza, humanitarian aid and a path to a permanent end to hostilities, the spokesperson said.

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Gaza conflict mediators are urging Israel and Hamas to finalise a ceasefire and hostage release deal outlined by Biden that they said would bring immediate relief to people in Gaza and to the hostages and their families.

Israel has said there will be no formal end to the war as long as Hamas retains power, raising questions of timing and interpretation over the truce offer, which has been provisionally welcomed by the Palestinian faction.

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Biden said on Friday that Israel had proposed a deal involving an initial six-week ceasefire with a partial Israeli military withdrawal and the release of some hostages while “a permanent end to hostilities” is negotiated through mediators.

The United States, Egypt and Qatar have been seeking for months to mediate an end to the war, but a deal has proven elusive.

Hamas said on Friday it was ready to engage “positively and in a constructive manner”. But senior official Mahmoud Mardawi told Qatari television it had not yet received details of the proposal.

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