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Ghana and South Africa call for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas conflict

March 13, 2024
Ghana and South Africa call for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas conflict

Addressing the escalating violence in the region stemming from the -Hamas conflict, the Heads of State of Ghana and have jointly called for an immediate ceasefire. Presidents Nana Addo Dankwa and Cyril Ramaphosa have also emphasized the urgent need for the provision of medical supplies and humanitarian assistance to support those affected by the ongoing hostilities.

The call for peace and humanitarian aid was articulated in a joint communiqué issued during the second session of the South Africa-Ghana Bi-National Commission (BNC), held in Pretoria, South Africa. The leaders expressed deep concern over the devastating toll of the conflict, which has resulted in significant loss of life, particularly among women and children.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, Israel's offensive against Hamas has claimed the lives of over 30,000 individuals, with a disproportionate number being women and children. The conflict was reportedly triggered by Hamas' attack on southern Israel on October 7, resulting in casualties and hostage-taking.

In response to the crisis, the High Commissioner for Human Rights has emphasized the imperative of a ceasefire based on human rights and humanitarian principles. The international community is urged to ensure full compliance with international law and accountability for violations and abuses.

Furthermore, the joint communiqué reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to advocating for a reformed international system of governance, with a focus on promoting universal human rights and a just world order. Additionally, they pledged increased support for the cause of Western Sahara's self-determination, freedom, and justice.

Addressing continental issues, the Heads of State underscored the importance of redoubling efforts to achieve the 's Agenda 2063 aspiration to “Silence the Guns.” They emphasized the need for a unified approach to implementing AU decisions, particularly regarding the Agreement, aimed at boosting intra-Africa trade.

The South Africa-Ghana Business Forum, held alongside the BNC, was hailed as a platform for enhancing bilateral trade and contributing to intra-Africa trade, in line with the Agreement. Notably, the recent shipment of South African exports to Ghana in January 2024 marked a milestone in bilateral economic cooperation.

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