Palestinian Ambassador Calls US Veto on UN Ceasefire Resolution “Disastrous”
After the US vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour expressed his deep disappointment, calling the result “disastrous.” He accused the security council of failing to carry out its responsibility in the face of a serious crisis that threatens peace and security in the region and the international community as a whole. Mansour emphasized that the outcome of the vote is not acceptable and vowed to continue efforts to stop what he called a hideous act of brutality.
Russian deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy echoed Mansour’s sentiments, stating that it was one of the darkest days in the history of the Middle East. He accused the US of condemning thousands more civilians in Palestine and Israel to death, along with the UN workers who are trying to help them.
Japan’s ambassador to the UN Ishikane Kimihiro also expressed support for the resolution draft, emphasizing the tragedy of civilian lives being lost, regardless of their nationality. He highlighted Japan’s serious consideration of the invocation of Article 99 of the UN Charter by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and expressed regret that the resolution was not adopted. Ishikane also called for tireless efforts to find common ground for the security council to cooperate, rather than blaming each other over responsibility.
The failure of the resolution to pass has sparked widespread disappointment and concern among key ambassadors at the UN, with the veto being seen as a significant setback in the efforts to address the ongoing crisis and prevent further loss of life in the region.
As tensions continue to escalate in the Middle East, the repercussions of the US veto on the ceasefire resolution are being felt not only in the region but also on the international stage, with calls for urgent action to address the crisis and work towards a peaceful resolution.