UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope that a ceasefire in Gaza will set the stage for talks on a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

The UN spokesman saidThe United Nations stands ready to support efforts to address the "structural factors of conflict" between Israel and Gaza .

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States gave full backing Tuesday to a new long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians, expressing hope that both sides would cooperate to help the new truce hold.

He said " The agreement came into effect at 1600 GMT and calls for an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza , which began on July 8 and has claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 69 on the Israeli side.

Kerry said "We hope very much that this ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable, that it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks, and that it will help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict in Gaza ,".

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