UN / GAZA RESOLUTION VOTE

08-Dec-2023 00:07:53
The United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA RESOLUTION VOTE
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DATELINE: 08 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

08 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council members voting for the resolution
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“The United Arab Emirates is deeply disappointed with the outcome of today's vote, regrettably, and in the face of untold misery, this council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire.”
4. Various shots, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“Let me be clear. Against the backdrop of the Secretary-General's grave warnings, the appeals by humanitarian actors, the world's public opinion, this council grows isolated. It appears untethered from its own founding documents. What is the message we are sent Palestinians if we cannot unite behind the call to halt the relentless bombardment of Gaza? Indeed, what is the message we are sending to civilians across the world who may find themselves in similar situations?”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations:
“We regretfully cannot support it. We still cannot comprehend why the resolution’s authors declined to include language condemning Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on Israel on October 7. An attack that killed over 1,200 people, women, children, the elderly. People from a range of nationalities, burned alive, gunned down, subjected to obscene sexual violence.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations:
“As long as Hamas clings to its ideology of destruction, any ceasefire is at best temporary and is certainly not peace and any ceasefire that leaves Hamas in control of Gaza would deny Palestinian civilians chance to build something better for themselves. For that reason, although the United States strongly supports a durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support this resolution’s call for an unsustainable ceasefire that will only plant the seeds for the next war.”
10. Various shots, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“We call for further and longer pauses to get aid to Palestinians and allow space for further hostage releases. But we cannot vote in favor of a resolution which does not condemn the atrocities Hamas committed against innocent Israeli civilians on the seventh of October. Calling for a ceasefire ignores the fact that Hamas has committed acts of terror and is still holding civilian hostage. Israel needs to be able to address the threat posed by Hamas and it needs to do so in a manner that abides by international humanitarian law, so that such attack can never be carried out again.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitriy Polyanskiy, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Once again cynically blocking a call for a ceasefire in the Palestinian Israeli conflict zone, our colleagues from the USA have literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to if not tens of thousands more civilians in Palestine and Israel including women and children, and also UN staff that are trying to help them. History will judge Washington's actions.”
14. Med shot, UK and US delegations
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“This is the moment of truth. This is a turning point in history. It is beyond regrettable. It is disastrous that the Security Council was again prevented from rising to this moment to uphold its clear responsibilities in the face of this grave crisis - threatening human lives and threatening regional and international peace and security.”
17. Wide shot, Security Council
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
If you are against the destruction and displacement of the Palestinian people, you must stand against this war; and if you support it, then you are enabling this destruction and displacement regardless of your intentions, regardless of your efforts, only the outcome matters when so many lives are at stake. If you are against war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, you must stand against this war. And if you support it, you are enabling war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide regardless of your intentions, and regardless of your efforts, only the outcome matters when so many lives are at stake.”
19. Wide shot, Security Council
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“We will exert every effort to hold those responsible accountable. We will never relent in our efforts to uphold international law, nor will we ever relent and defending the rights of our people and defending our just goals.”
21. Wide shot, Security Council
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“This is a terrible day for the Security Council. Let me repeat, this is a terrible day for the Security Council. We reject this result and will continue resorting to every legitimate avenue to stop these abhorrent atrocities including resuming the emergency session of the General Assembly.”
23. Wide shot, Security Council
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“Cease fire. Cease fire, save lives. Every further day means lives lost. People killed at an unprecedented pace in modern history. It means barbarism prevailing, and humanity abandoned. Humanity must prevail. Now. For the sake of the Palestinian people in Gaza, and for the sake of humanity.”
25. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The United States vetoed on Friday (08 Dec) a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

The resolution failed to be adopted with thirteen votes in favor, one against (United States), one abstention (United Kingdom).

Speaking after the vote, UAE Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab, whose country is the penholder of the resolution expressed deep disappointment with the outcome of the vote, “regrettably, and in the face of untold misery, this council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire,” he said.

Ambassador Abushahab reiterated, “Against the backdrop of the Secretary-General's grave warnings, the appeals by humanitarian actors, the world's public opinion, this council grows isolated. It appears untethered from its own founding documents.”

The UAE Ambassador asked, “What is the message we are sent Palestinians if we cannot unite behind the call to halt the relentless bombardment of Gaza? Indeed, what is the message we are sending to civilians across the world who may find themselves in similar situations?”

US Ambassador Robert A. Wood told the Council that “regretfully” his country cannot support the drafted resolution.

He said, “We still cannot comprehend why the resolution’s authors declined to include language condemning Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on Israel on October 7. An attack that killed over 1,200 people, women, children, the elderly. People from a range of nationalities, burned alive, gunned down, subjected to obscene sexual violence.”

Ambassador Wood also said, “As long as Hamas clings to its ideology of destruction, any ceasefire is at best temporary and is certainly not peace and any ceasefire that leaves Hamas in control of Gaza would deny Palestinian civilians chance to build something better for themselves.”

“For that reason, although the United States strongly supports a durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support this resolution’s call for an unsustainable ceasefire that will only plant the seeds for the next war,” Ambassador Wood added.

British Ambassador Barbara Woodward explained, “We call for further and longer pauses to get aid to Palestinians and allow space for further hostage releases. But we cannot vote in favor of a resolution which does not condemn the atrocities Hamas committed against innocent Israeli civilians on the seventh of October.”

She continued, “Calling for a ceasefire ignores the fact that Hamas has committed acts of terror and is still holding civilian hostage,” adding that “Israel needs to be able to address the threat posed by Hamas and it needs to do so in a manner that abides by international humanitarian law, so that such attack can never be carried out again.”

Russian Ambassador Dmitriy Polyanskiy said, “Once again cynically blocking a call for a ceasefire in the Palestinian Israeli conflict zone, our colleagues from the USA have literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to if not tens of thousands more civilians in Palestine and Israel including women and children, and also UN staff that are trying to help them.”

He said, “History will judge Washington's actions.”

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour spoke at the end of the meeting.

“This is the moment of truth. This is a turning point in history,” he said.

The Palestinian Ambassador reiterated, “It is beyond regrettable. It is disastrous that the Security Council was again prevented from rising to this moment to uphold its clear responsibilities in the face of this grave crisis - threatening human lives and threatening regional and international peace and security.”

Ambassador Mansour told the Council members, “If you are against the destruction and displacement of the Palestinian people, you must stand against this war; and if you support it, then you are enabling this destruction and displacement regardless of your intentions, regardless of your efforts, only the outcome matters when so many lives are at stake.”

He continued, “If you are against war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, you must stand against this war. And if you support it, you are enabling war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide regardless of your intentions, and regardless of your efforts, only the outcome matters when so many lives are at stake.”

The Palestinian Ambassador reaffirmed, “We will exert every effort to hold those responsible accountable. We will never relent in our efforts to uphold international law, nor will we ever relent and defending the rights of our people and defending our just goals.”

“This is a terrible day for the Security Council,” Ambassador Mansour repeated it in the Council.

“We reject this result and will continue resorting to every legitimate avenue to stop these abhorrent atrocities including resuming the emergency session of the General Assembly,” he added.

“Cease fire. Cease fire, save lives,” Ambassador Mansour said, adding that “every further day means lives lost.”

He concluded, “People killed at an unprecedented pace in modern history. It means barbarism prevailing, and humanity abandoned.”

“Humanity must prevail. Now. For the sake of the Palestinian people in Gaza, and for the sake of humanity,” the Palestinian Ambassador told the Council.
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