Russia, China block US resolution in security council on Gaza ceasefire

Mar22,2024



New Delhi: Russia and China vetoed a resolution proposed by the United States aimed at achieving a ceasefire in Gaza. Moscow criticized Washington, calling its efforts to pressure Israel hypocritical and ineffective.
The resolution moved by the US was intended to support an immediate and sustained ceasefire for the first time while condemning the October 7 attack by Hamas. However, Russia and China exercised their veto power, Algeria voted against and Guyana abstained. Permanent members France and Britain supported the resolution along with 11 other Security Council members.
Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia criticized the US for failing to rein in Israel and called its resolution a hypocritical farce. He criticized the resolution for its lack of evaluation of Israel's actions and suggested that it would only shield Israel from accountability.
The draft resolution linked the ceasefire to ongoing negotiations by Qatar, with the support of the US and Egypt, aimed at ending the conflict in exchange for the release of hostages held by Hamas.
In response to the veto, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield described Russia's and China's actions as reprehensible and despicable. He accused them of hindering progress and said, “Let's be honest – despite all the fiery rhetoric, we all know that Russia and China are doing nothing diplomatically to advance or make meaningful contributions to lasting peace. Are.” humanitarian response Thomas-Greenfield also criticized both countries for a perceived lack of meaningful contribution in achieving lasting peace and addressing humanitarian concerns in the region.
The UNSC has previously passed two resolutions addressing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but neither has specifically called for a ceasefire. At a recent session, Russia and China vetoed a resolution submitted by the United States that aimed to ensure a temporary pause in the conflict to facilitate aid delivery, protect civilians and stop Hamas's weaponization. Both countries argued that the proposal is not in line with the global consensus urging an immediate ceasefire.
The US, a staunch supporter of Israel, has vetoed three resolutions demanding an end to hostilities. The most recent veto occurred on 20 February, where an Arab-backed resolution, which was supported by 13 council members with one abstention, was blocked. Earlier, the US had circulated its own version of a resolution, which had undergone significant amendments before the vote.
The October 7 incursion by Palestinian militants into southern Israel resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 individuals and the kidnapping of 250 others. The health ministry in Gaza has reported nearly 32,000 Palestinian deaths.
(with agency input)



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