U.N. passes resolution for immediate Gaza ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS Fri Jan 9, 2009 2:36am GMT

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on Thursday calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and Israel's full withdrawal after a 13-day offensive but the United States abstained in the vote.

The vote followed days of intense haggling at the U.N., with foreign ministers from Arab nations pressing France, Britain and the United States to go along with a resolution rather than a more diluted president's statement.

(Reporting by Sue Pleming)

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