UN / GAZA RESOLUTION VOTE

18-Oct-2023 00:02:54
The United States vetoed today a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for “humanitarian pauses” to deliver lifesaving aid to millions in Gaza. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA RESOLUTION VOTE
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DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

18 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. UPSOUND (English) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“Will 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) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“Those against it.”
6. Wide shot, US ambassador raises hand
7. UPSOUND (English) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“Abstentions”
8. Wide shot, ambassadors vote
9. Med shot, Russian ambassador votes
10. UPSOUND (English) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“The result of the voting is as follows: 12 votes in favor, one vote against, two abstentions. The draft resolution has not been adopted owing to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Council.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sérgio França Danese, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brazil:
“Sadly, very sadly the Council was yet again unable to adopt a resolution on the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Again, silence and inaction prevailed, to no one's true long-term interest. While we deeply regret that collective action is made impossible in the Security Council, we do hope that efforts by other actors will yield positive results.”
13. Med shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We have just been witnesses once again to the hiporcrisy and double standards or our American colleagues. Not standing in principle in the Security Council, they really did not want to have any solutions found here.”
15. Med shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Colleagues the United States is disappointed this resolution make no mention of Israel's rights of self-defense. Like every nation in the world, Israel has the inherent right of self-defense, as reflected in article 51 of the UN Charter. Following previous terrorist attacks by groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, this Council reaffirmed that right. This text should have done the same.”
17. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The United States vetoed today (18 Oct) a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for “humanitarian pauses” to deliver lifesaving aid to millions in Gaza.

The failure by the Council to make its first public intervention on the Israel-Gaza crisis followed the rejection of a Russian-backed draft on Monday evening.

While 12 of the Council’s 15 members voted in favour of the Brazilian-led text, one (United States) voted against, and two (Russia, and the United Kingdom) abstained.

A ‘no’ vote from any one of the five permanent members of the Council stops action on any measure put before it. The body’s permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Prior to the vote, two amendments proposed by Russia, calling for an immediate, durable and full ceasefire, and to stop attacks against civilians were rejected by the Security Council.

Following the vote, the Permanent Representative of Brazil, the country who introduced the draft resolution and presides the Council in October, said, ““Sadly, very sadly the Council was yet again unable to adopt a resolution on the Israeli Palestinian conflict.”

Sérgio França Danese added, “Again, silence and inaction prevailed, to no one's true long-term interest. While we deeply regret that collective action is made impossible in the Security Council, we do hope that efforts by other actors will yield positive results.”
Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, said, “We have just been witnesses once again to the hiporcrisy and double standards or our American colleagues. Not standing in principle in the Security Council, they really did not want to have any solutions found here.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States’ Permanent Representative, said, “Colleagues the United States is disappointed this resolution make no mention of Israel's rights of self-defense. Like every nation in the world, Israel has the inherent right of self-defense, as reflected in article 51 of the UN Charter. Following previous terrorist attacks by groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, this Council reaffirmed that right. This text should have done the same."
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