UN / MIDDLE EAST GAZA

16-Oct-2023 00:02:35
The Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution introduced by Russia on the recent escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza and the ensuing humanitarian crisis. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MIDDLE EAST GAZA
TRT: 2:35
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. UPSOUND (English) Security Council president:
“Those in favor of the draft resolution contained in document S/2023/772, please raise their hand.”
4. Pan left, ambassadors vote
5. UPSOUND (English) Security Council president:
“Those against it.”
6. Various shots, ambassadors vote
7. UPSOUND (English) Security Council president:
“Abstentions”
8. Wide shot, ambassadors vote
9. UPSOUND (English) Security Council president:
“The result of the voting is as follows: five votes in favor, four votes against, six abstentions. The draft resolution has not been adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We regret that the Council, once again, has found itself hostage to the selfish intentions of the Western bloc of countries. This is the only reason why it was not able to send a clear, strong and collective message aimed at de-escalation. We're talking about the most serious explosion of violence over the past decades. Today, the entire world waited with bated breath for the Security Council to take steps in order to put an end to the bloodletting. But the delegations of the Western countries have basically stomped on those expectations.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
Russia’s resolution, put forward without any consultations, make no mention of Hamas, none. By failing to condemn Hamas, Russia is giving cover to a terrorist group that brutalizes innocent civilians. It is outrageous. It is hypocritical and it is indefensible.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution introduced by Russia on the recent escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza and the ensuing humanitarian crisis.

The draft resolution failed to get the minimum nine votes needed in the 15-member body, having received five votes in favour (China, Gabon, Mozambique, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates) and four against (France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States), with six abstentions (Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Malta, and Switzerland).

The resolution would have called for a humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas in Gaza

Following the vote, the Permanent Representative of Russia, Vasily Nebenzya, said, “We regret that the Council, once again, has found itself hostage to the selfish intentions of the Western bloc of countries. This is the only reason why it was not able to send a clear, strong and collective message aimed at de-escalation. We're talking about the most serious explosion of violence over the past decades. Today, the entire world waited with bated breath for the Security Council to take steps in order to put an end to the bloodletting. But the delegations of the Western countries have basically stomped on those expectations.”

The Permanent Representative of the United States, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, “Russia’s resolution, put forward without any consultations, make no mention of Hamas, none. By failing to condemn Hamas, Russia is giving cover to a terrorist group that brutalizes innocent civilians. It is outrageous. It is hypocritical and it is indefensible.”

The Russia text was one of two drafts being considered. The second one, introduced by Brazil, that should be put to a vote on Tuesday, calls for humanitarian pauses to allow aid access and condemns the Palestinian militant Hamas for its attacks on Israel.
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