U.S. vetoes Security Council draft resolution demanding humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

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The United States on Tuesday vetoed a Security Council draft resolution that would have demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

The draft resolution won 13 votes in favor among the 15 members of the Security Council. The United States voted against it. Britain abstained.

To be adopted, a Security Council draft resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no veto from any of the council’s five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States.

The Algerian-drafted resolution would have demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza and would have deplored all attacks against civilians. The draft would have rejected forced displacement of the Palestinian civilian population and would have demanded unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza. The draft also would have demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.

Before the vote on the draft resolution, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the Algerian draft would jeopardize ongoing efforts toward a hostage deal. She said her delegation was working on a rival draft resolution that would call for a “temporary cease-fire” based on the formula that all hostages are released.

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said before the vote that Washington continues to give Israel “a license to kill.” He asked Security Council members “to counter the lawlessness of Washington.”

Speaking after the vote, Nebenzia said full responsibility for the consequences of Tuesday’s outcome falls on Washington, no matter how hard the United States tries to evade it by talking about its “important mediation efforts.”

 

Source: Xinhua

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