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After US ceasefire veto, Antonio Guterres laments UN ‘paralysis’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this Sunday deplored the “paralysis” of the United Nations in the face of the war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying he regretted that the Security Council did not vote for a ceasefire.

Speaking at the Doha forum in Qatar, Antonio Guterres said the Security Council was “paralyzed by geostrategic differences” that jeopardized its ability to find solutions to the war.

The Security Council’s “credibility and credibility have been seriously undermined” by its delayed response to the conflict, with reputational damage compounded by the United States’ veto on Friday of a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, he reiterated.

The draft resolution follows the UN Secretary-General’s unprecedented use of Article 99 of the UN Charter, which allows him to bring to the attention of the Security Council an issue that “may jeopardize the maintenance of international peace and security.”

“I repeated my call to declare a ceasefire on humanitarian grounds (…), unfortunately, the Security Council did not do so,” regretted Antonio Guterres. “I can promise I won’t give up,” he added.

Americans allied with Israel on Friday reiterated their hostility to the ceasefire. “We are in grave danger of a collapse of the humanitarian system,” António Guterres also warned at the Doha forum. “The situation is quickly becoming a disaster with potentially irreversible consequences for the Palestinians as a whole, as well as for peace and security in the region. »

The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch condemned the American position, which it considers inconsistent. “The United States has once again used its veto to prevent the Security Council from making some of the calls that the United States itself has demanded of Israel and Palestinian armed groups. In particular, respect for international humanitarian law, the protection of civilians and the release of all hostages,” the NGO noted.

The death toll in the Gaza Strip exceeds 17,700, most of them women and children, according to the Hamas Health Ministry. The unprecedented attack on Israeli soil, which sparked fighting on October 7, resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people, mostly civilians, according to Israeli authorities.

Source: Le Parisien

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