International Diplomacy at Crossroads: UN Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Looms



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

International Diplomacy at Crossroads: UN Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Looms
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Arab and Islamic countries called today for a vote on the draft resolution of the United Nations Security Council demanding an end to the war in the Gaza Strip in order to deliver humanitarian aid. There are major efforts by several powerful currents to reestablish a ceasefire.

The proposed resolution is a response to a letter sent by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the Security Council on Wednesday, warning of an impending "humanitarian catastrophe" in Gaza and urging the body's 15 members to vote for a ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid and release hostages.

AP reports. The draft resolution was submitted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is the Arab representative in the Security Council. However, many concessions and goodwill will be spent in order for this resolution to succeed.

Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters on Thursday that everyone hoped the Security Council would adopt the resolution proposed by the UAE. The US, Israel's closest ally, did not support the ceasefire and has veto power in the Security Council.

This could be the biggest problem, but the representatives of the Arab countries are working hard on it. Mansur said officials from Arab and Islamic countries would meet today with US officials to seek US support for the resolution.

Guterres warns that the humanitarian disaster is a threat to global peace

Guterres previously warned the UN Security Council that the war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip "could worsen existing threats to international peace and security." The conflict has reached its climax and it is difficult to predict how this will end.

Guterres referred to the rarely used Article 99 of the founding UN Charter, which allows him to "draw the attention of the Security Council to any issue that, in his opinion, may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security," Reuters recalls.

"We are faced with a serious risk of the collapse of the humanitarian system. The situation is rapidly deteriorating into a disaster with potentially irreversible implications for the Palestinians as well as for peace and security in the region," Guterres wrote. The UN leader said that such an outcome must be avoided at all costs, reports Al Jazeera.