The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question - Security Council, 9453rd meeting

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25-Oct-2023 01:12:10
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

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The Security Council today failed to adopt either of two competing draft resolutions — one from the United States, the other from the Russian Federation — addressing the raging war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In the first vote, the United States’ text failed by a vote of 10 in favour to 3 against (China, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates), with 2 abstentions (Brazil, Mozambique), owing to the negative vote of a permanent Council member.

The Russian Federation’s version was then not carried following a vote of 4 in favour (China, Gabon, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates) and 2 against (United Kingdom, United States), with 9 abstentions (Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland).

By the terms of the United States’ draft resolution, the Council would have unequivocally rejected and condemned the heinous terrorist attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups that took place in Israel starting 7 October. It would have reaffirmed the inherent right of all States to individual and collective self-defence, adding that in responding to terrorist attacks, Member States must fully comply with all their obligations under international law.

By other terms, the Council would have also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages taken by Hamas and other terrorist groups and called for all measures, specifically to include humanitarian pauses, to allow the full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access.


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