US threatens to veto new Gaza ceasefire resolution at UN Security Council

Published February 18, 2024

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield warned that if the Algerian proposed resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza were to come up for a vote at the UN Security Council as drafted, it would not be adopted by Washington.

In a statement Saturday, Thomas-Greenfield said the United States has been working on a deal between Israel and Hamas which would see the release of hostages and bring a pause in the fighting for at least six weeks.

“Over the last week, President Biden has had multiple calls with Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, to push this deal forward. Though gaps remain, the key elements are on the table,” the ambassador said.

“We believe this deal represents the best opportunity to reunite all hostages with their families and enable a prolonged pause in fighting, that would allow for more lifesaving food, water, fuel, medicine, and other essentials to get into the hands of Palestinian civilians who desperately need it,” she said.

“The resolution put forward in the Security Council, in contrast, would not achieve these outcomes, and indeed, may run counter to them … For that reason, the United States does not support action on this draft resolution. Should it come up for a vote as drafted, it will not be adopted,” Thomas-Greenfield went on to say.



RELATED: UN likely to vote Tuesday on Gaza ceasefire, US signals veto

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Published February 17, 2024

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Tuesday on an Algerian push for the 15-member body to demand an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, said diplomats, a move the United States signaled it would veto.

Algeria put forward an initial draft resolution more than two weeks ago. But U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield quickly said the text could jeopardize “sensitive negotiations” aimed at brokering a pause in the war.

Algeria requested on Saturday that the council vote on Tuesday, diplomats said. To be adopted, U.N. Security Council resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, China or Russia.

“The United States does not support action on this draft resolution. Should it come up for a vote as drafted, it will not be adopted,” Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement on Saturday.



RELATED: UN Security Council to vote next week on Algeria resolution for Gaza ceasefire

A draft resolution written by Algeria which calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza is expected to be put to vote next week at the UN Security Council.

Published February 17, 2024

Senior Western diplomatic sources expect a vote next week at the UN Security Council on a draft resolution presented by Algeria demanding a ceasefire in Gaza, a correspondent at The New Arab’s sister site has learned.

A leaked copy of the draft resolution seen by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed’s correspondent at the UN headquarters in New York City, Ibtisam Azem, demands “an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons which must be respected by all parties”.

The draft resolution stipulates “the rejection of the forced displacement of the Palestinian civilian population,” and once again calls on “all parties to comply with international law,” and calls for humanitarian aid to arrive “fully, quickly, safely, and without hindrance, to the entire Gaza Strip.”

It calls for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, condemning acts of violence and terrorism against non-combatants.

It also “demands the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access to meet the medical needs of all captives”.

No official date has yet been set for the vote.




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