In the wake of the recent UN General Assembly resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Russia has expressed its expectation for the United Nations Security Council to follow suit. Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, voiced this sentiment during a special emergency session of the UN General Assembly focused on defending the Palestinian people.
Nebenzya’s comments come after a significant vote in the UN General Assembly, where an overwhelming majority of member nations endorsed the resolution initiated by Egypt and Mauritania. This resolution is seen as a crucial step toward alleviating the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.
"We hope that after the General Assembly, the UN Security Council will finally fulfil its obligations. The more so as representatives of the United Arab Emirates have drafted and referred for consideration another document on expanding and monitoring humanitarian deliveries to Gaza," Nebenzya stated, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.
The Global Response and Diplomatic Efforts
The resolution in the General Assembly garnered substantial international support, with 153 countries, including Russia, China, Brazil, Iran, Spain, Canada, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, Switzerland, and Sweden, voting in favor.
However, ten countries, such as Austria, Israel, the United States, and the Czech Republic, opposed it, and twenty-three others, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ukraine, abstained. Nebenzya criticized the current state of affairs in the Gaza Strip, equating the situation to a plan to "bomb the Gaza Strip into a Stone Age." He expressed regret over the lack of significant results from the United Nations' collective efforts, refuting claims that this was due to a failure of multilateral diplomacy or the Security Council's ineffectiveness.
"We are actually witnessing the implementation of a plan to bomb the Gaza Strip into a Stone Age," he said. "I regret to say that over this time the United Nations’ collective efforts have brought about no desired result.The United Arab Emirates has also played a role in diplomatic efforts, drafting and presenting a document aimed at expanding and monitoring humanitarian deliveries to Gaza. This action signifies the wider international community's involvement in seeking a resolution to the conflict.
But the reason is not in the failure of multilateral diplomacy or in the Security Council’s inability to do its job, as some are saying."