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Enough Already! Urge the Security Council to Stop the Bloodshed in Gaza Now!

The President of the UN General Assembly appealed on Monday for “all those with leverage” to use their power to bring an end to the six-month-long war in Gaza. 

Dennis Francis convened the UN’s most representative body, comprising all 193 Member States, following the Security Council’s failure to adopt a resolution put forward by the United States last month.  

The debate was triggered by a 2022 Assembly resolution that calls for a meeting within 10 working days whenever a veto is cast in the Council. 

Death, destruction and division 

“Once again, we convene under this initiative as conflict in Gaza rages into its sixth bloody month, as death and destruction rule the day, and as divisions among Member States, especially in the Council, persist,” Mr. Francis said. 

During the Council meeting on 22 March, China and Russia vetoed a US draft resolution which stated the “imperative” for “an immediate and sustained ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides”. 

Russia, China and the US are permanent members of the 15-member Council, together with France and the United Kingdom, and they all have the right to veto any decision. Non-permanent member Algeria also voted against the resolution

Three days later, the Council adopted a different resolution – which many had vowed to support – calling for a ceasefire for the remainder of Ramadan as well as the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. Resolution 2728 was drafted by its 10 non-permanent members. 

‘End the bloodshed’ 

Mr. Francis outlined the terrible toll in Gaza, which includes more than 32,500 Palestinians killed, 1.7 million displaced, and over 1.1 million facing a catastrophic level of food insecurity. 

While welcoming resolution 2728, he lamented that “it comes after five painful months of division, bloodshed and unconscionable loss.” 

He implored Security Council members to meaningfully use their power in support of an immediate and lasting ceasefire. 

“I urge all those with leverage to do all in their power to end the bloodshed in Gaza now.” he said. “Let us see the end of the waiting, including for the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in line with the two-State solution, as the only credible formula for lasting resolution.” 

Veto ‘the only correct way’: Russia 

Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky said his country and China vetoed the US draft resolution which “not only was not geared towards ending hostilities in Gaza, but which essentially gave Israel carte blanche to continue its inhumane operations which run counter to international humanitarian law”. 

He pointed to the “historic responsibility” that permanent members have regarding the maintenance of international peace and security, saying “it is specifically for this that the veto mechanism exists in order to prevent the pushing through of nefarious and dangerous initiatives at the Security Council.” 

He said Russia’s decision to veto “was the only correct way” as it allowed for the other resolution to be adopted, “the heart of which was a direct demand for an immediate establishment of a ceasefire for the period of Ramadan, which is to result and lead to a lasting ceasefire.” 

Killing would continue: China 

Ambassador Dai Bing of China said its decision to veto was based on the need to uphold international justice, the purposes and dignity of the UN Charter, and the responsibility and authority of the Security Council. 

The grave concerns and strong dissatisfaction of Arab States with the draft resolution were also taken into account. 

He noted that since the start of the war in October, the international community has been overwhelmingly calling for a ceasefire and an end to the fighting, demanding the Security Council take concrete action.  

“However, the United States, as a country with significant influence over the parties concerned, has repeatedly obstructed the Council’s voice on the ceasefire and has vetoed four times against the Council’s efforts to promote an immediate ceasefire,” he said. 

Furthermore, the US draft deviated from the consensus of Council members and ran counter to the expectations of the international community.  

“If adopted, it will mean that the killings in Gaza will continue. It will mean that the vicious act of violating international law and international humanitarian law will continue,” he said. “China has no hesitation in exercising its veto against a draft resolution that will have such serious consequences.” 

Fully implement resolutions: Palestine 

The Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine, Riyad Mansour, noted that the General Assembly called for a cessation of hostilities 20 days after the start of the conflict.

A month later, the Assembly demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, stressing the need to protect civilians and stem what was already a dire humanitarian catastrophe. Meanwhile, the Security Council took nearly six months to do the same. 

“Now these resolutions need to be fully respected and fully implemented so the genocide in Gaza can stop; so families on both sides can reunite in life, not death,” he said. 

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13 Comments

  1. Could you provide more details on the potential repercussions if the Security Council fails to take action and end the bloodshed in Gaza?

    1. Sure, EmilySmith. If the Security Council continues to fail to take decisive action in stopping the bloodshed in Gaza, the consequences could be devastating. The ongoing conflict can lead to more civilian casualties, increased humanitarian crisis, further escalation of violence, and deepening of political divides. It is crucial for influential parties to step up and work towards a peaceful resolution to prevent further loss of innocent lives.

  2. As a firm believer in international cooperation, I fully support the President of the UN General Assembly’s call for action to stop the bloodshed in Gaza. It is crucial that all influential parties exert their power to bring an end to the destructive conflict and prevent further loss of life.

  3. When will the Security Council stop the bloodshed and take concrete actions to end the conflict in Gaza?

    1. Dear Emily Watson, it is truly disheartening to witness the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza. The Security Council must act swiftly and decisively to bring an end to this devastating conflict. Let us hope that real, impactful actions will be taken soon to spare innocent lives and bring about peace in the region.

  4. Enough is enough! It’s time for the Security Council to take real action and stop the bloodshed in Gaza immediately. The international community must come together to put an end to this devastating conflict.

  5. It’s high time the international community takes decisive action to put an end to the bloodshed in Gaza. The continuous conflict has led to unprecedented levels of death and destruction, and it’s imperative that all parties work towards an immediate and sustained ceasefire to protect innocent civilians.

  6. It is truly heartbreaking to see the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza, and it is imperative that all parties involved take immediate action to bring an end to this devastating conflict. The international community must unite and exert pressure to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians in the region.

  7. The international community needs to act swiftly and decisively to end the ongoing violence in Gaza. It’s heartbreaking to see the suffering of innocent civilians and the lack of progress in finding a peaceful solution. The Security Council must prioritize diplomacy and mediation to bring about a sustainable ceasefire and pave the way for much-needed humanitarian aid to reach those in need.

  8. I believe it is imperative for the Security Council to take immediate action and put an end to the devastating conflict in Gaza. The ongoing bloodshed and destruction cannot be allowed to continue any longer. All influential parties must come together to work towards a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

  9. It is time for decisive action to stop the bloodshed in Gaza. The international community must come together and fulfill their responsibility to protect the innocent civilians caught in the middle of this devastating conflict.

  10. When will the Security Council finally take concrete actions to stop the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza? It’s heartbreaking to see this conflict continue for so long.

  11. How can we ensure accountability and push for effective action to stop the bloodshed in Gaza?

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