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World News October 19, 2023

U.S. vetoes UN resolution calling for humanitarian pauses in Gaza

The United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have called for humanitarian pauses in Gaza. The Brazilian-drafted resolution received support from 12 out of 15 Security Council members, with the United States being the only member to vote against it. Britain and Russia abstained. Before voting on the Brazilian draft, the Security Council considered two amendments proposed by Russia, which focused on ending indiscriminate attacks on civilians and calling for a durable humanitarian cease-fire instead of humanitarian pauses. However, these amendments did not receive enough support to pass. The U.S. also voted against the Russian amendments.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed disappointment that the resolution did not mention Israel’s right of self-defense. French UN Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere stated that his country sees no contradiction between supporting Israel’s defense and advocating for the protection of civilians, humanitarian access, and adherence to international humanitarian law. Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused the United States of hypocrisy and double standards. Brazilian UN Ambassador Sergio Franca Danese expressed regret that the draft resolution was vetoed and emphasized the urgent need for action to help civilians in Gaza.

Source – CGTN

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