Monday, December 11, 2023

The Gaza crisis has returned the Security Council to open debate

The meeting, which was announced at the end of last week, will expand the analyzes of interested member countries after more than two weeks of tensions and possible expansion throughout the region.

Despite the complex context, the meeting was held after the failure within the security body of two previous drafts presented by Russia and Brazil, respectively, to request a ceasefire.

On Monday, Moscow presented its proposal with an open call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza without gathering the nine votes required within the 15-member body.

The representations of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Japan opposed the text while Albania, Brazil, Ghana, Malta, Switzerland and Ecuador abstained.

Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, blamed the result and the “greedy intentions of the bloc of Western countries.”

«This is the only reason why (the Council) cannot send a clear, strong and collective message aimed at reducing tension; “We are talking about the worst outbreak of violence in recent decades,” he stressed.

Two days later, the United States surprisingly vetoed another project prepared by Brazil that demanded humanitarian stops for the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip.

The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the decision was due to the absence of reference “to Israel’s right to self-defense.”

The result was described as “unbelievable” by China’s representative at the United Nations, Zhang Jun, who targeted his North American counterpart for creating false expectations about the possibility of approving the text.

Brazil, which is now the president of the Security Council, also regretted the obstruction of the United States in its proposal and called for the urgent consideration of a cease-fire and the continuation of peace.

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