The United States has vetoed this Friday a resolution presented to the United Nations Security Council to call for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip after the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterresinvoke the article 99 of the Magna Carta of the organism.
Specific, 13 countries have voted in favor of the text presented by the United Arab Emirates, while one voted against, United States, who has the right to veto as a permanent member of the Council. For its part, the United Kingdom has abstained.
The deputy ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Robert Woodhad previously lamented the Council’s “failure to condemn the attacks” by Hamas and stressed “the fundamental disconnect in the conversations in this chamber and reality“.
“Although the US supports lasting peace, we will not support a call for an immediate ceasefire because Hamas is neither seeking a lasting peace nor a two-state solution,” Wood said during the debate on the text, which took place hours before.
The vote, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. New York time (11:30 p.m. Spanish time), was presented as essential when it came to reaching an agreement for a ceasefire. However, its outcome is already known before it occurs.
Last month, The United States abstained from voting on a resolution calling for humanitarian pauses in the war, allowing for an increase in aid delivery to Gaza, which has been, so far, the only time Washington has voted favorably on a war-related resolution.
The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, had invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, which allows the Secretary General to invoke the Council to intervene in a matter that threatens the stability and security of the world. Guterres warned of “high risk of total collapse of the humanitarian support system” in the Gaza Strip.
For your part, Mohamed Abushahabdeputy ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, has defended that “there is no justification defensible, moral, political or military so that continue this slaughter“.