The United States is poised to vote on a pivotal United Nations Security Council resolution regarding the situation in Gaza, following several postponements. US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this development on Thursday night, signaling a significant move in the diplomatic efforts to address the crisis.
“I just want to share with you that we have worked hard and diligently over the course of the past week with the Emiratis, with others, with Egypt, to come up with a resolution that we can support. And we do have that resolution now.This statement came after a private meeting where the Security Council deferred the vote on the resolution, which advocates for a halt in hostilities between Israel and Hamas and an increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza.
We’re ready to vote on it,” Thomas-Greenfield told reporters.
Anticipating a Crucial Vote
The vote, now anticipated to occur on Friday, represents a crucial moment in the ongoing efforts to bring relief to the region.
While Thomas-Greenfield did not disclose her voting intentions, she indicated a favorable stance towards the current draft of the resolution.The resolution aims to bolster humanitarian assistance and reinforce Egypt's role in establishing mechanisms for delivering this aid.
“It will be a resolution — if the resolution is put forward as is — that we can support,” she said.
Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the importance of these measures, highlighting the urgent need for support in the region.
The context of the US's stance at the UN is noteworthy. The US has previously voted against a ceasefire proposal in the larger UN General Assembly and, earlier this month, vetoed a Security Council resolution that included the term “ceasefire”.The US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Robert Wood, explained the veto was due to the absence of any mention of the October 7 Hamas attacks in the draft. As one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United States holds significant influence.
A resolution vetoed by the US would not pass, underlining the importance of its support for any proposed measure. The forthcoming vote is more than a procedural step; it is a potential turning point that could shape the future of the region and the lives of those in Gaza.