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UNSC Fails to Adopt Resolution on Israel-Palestine Conflict After U.S. Veto

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield votes against a Brazil-sponsored draft resolution during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the conflict between Israel and Hamas at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., October 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Challenging Diplomatic Impasse

The recent UN Security Council session witnessed yet another deadlock in finding a resolution to address the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict, further exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation. The U.S. exercised its veto power, obstructing the adoption of a Brazil-led draft resolution proposed to facilitate humanitarian pauses and aid access in the Gaza strip.

U.S. Disappointment and Stance

Despite expressing disappointment at the resolution’s lack of acknowledgment of Israel’s right to self-defense, the U.S. emphasized its active engagement, citing President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel. Stressing the need to protect civilian lives, the U.S. reiterated the importance of recognizing Israel’s self-defense rights, drawing attention to Article 51 of the UN Charter.

Failed Diplomatic Attempts

The recent session marked the second unsuccessful attempt within a few days, following the rejection of a Russian proposal that aimed to establish a humanitarian ceasefire. The failure to adopt the Brazil-led resolution deepens concerns about the Council’s inaction and the persistence of the dire humanitarian crisis affecting the civilians in Gaza.

Brazil’s Regret and Urgency

Expressing deep regret over the Council’s paralysis, Brazil’s representative emphasized the urgency of prompt and effective action to address the plight of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Gaza. Highlighting the necessity of collective action, he underscored the importance of efforts from various stakeholders to yield positive results and alleviate the suffering of the affected populace.

UK’s Abstention and Concerns

The UK abstained from the resolution, citing the need for clearer acknowledgment of Israel’s inherent right to self-defense in line with the UN Charter. They also highlighted the exploitation of innocent Palestinian civilians as human shields by Hamas, emphasizing the significant impact on the Palestinian population due to Hamas’s actions.

Call for Urgent Action

The UN Human Rights Watch criticized the U.S.’s use of veto, emphasizing the urgent need for all parties to comply with international humanitarian law and ensure the delivery of vital aid to those in need. They also urged UN member countries to seek urgent action from the General Assembly to safeguard civilians and prevent further atrocities and loss of life.

The persisting deadlock demands a concerted effort from the international community to prioritize the urgent humanitarian crisis in the region and work towards establishing sustainable peace and security for the affected population.

Source: The Hindu

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