Tuesday, March 5, 2024

US vetoes UNSC resolution calling for ceasefire

The United States vetoed the UN Security Council draft resolution that would have demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.

The United Arab Emirates, the only Arab country currently on the Security Council, introduced the resolution. Thirteen council members voted in favour, the UK abstained and the US vetoed the resolution.

The war on Gaza that began on October 7 has killed over 17,000 Palestinians and thousands remain missing.

After vetoing the draft resolution, US envoy to the UN Robert Wood said the process had been “rushed” and “lacked appropriate consultation”.

The Security Council meeting happened after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter to bring attention to the situation in Gaza and demand a ceasefire.

Guterres addressed the UN Security Council ahead and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire during his speech at the 15-member body.

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