UNITED NATIONS - The outspoken President of the General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto, Friday welcomed as an "important step" the Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, but said the territory is still burning. But D'Escoto, who on Thursday threatened to call the 192 Assembly into a special session on Gaza, said the 15-member Council's action was neither prompt nor effective as demanded by UN Charter. (There is no veto in the General Assembly and its resolutions are non-binding). A spokesman for D'Escoto, a former foreign minister of Nicaragua, said, "He recognises that politics, whether we like it or not, is the art of the possible, and this resolution reflects a minimalist response of the Security Council to a horrific aggression. "The Council's action, important as it is, was neither prompt nor effective, as demanded by Article 24 of the United Nations Charter. Rather than responding to the warnings of a likely new aggression against Gaza, the Council fiddled while Gaza burned, which is the reason he answered the request of member states to convene a meeting of the General Assembly. "Gaza is still burning, but the Security Council resolution could be at least a first step in a process to quench that fire. The President is aware that the Security Council resolution does not eliminate the continuing obligations of the United Nations as a whole, including the General Assembly to the people of Gaza. He will continue his efforts to meet those obligations".