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The American representative to the United Nations condemns the Russian-Chinese “veto” against the ceasefire in Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States representative to the United Nations, said that Washington presented a resolution in good faith after consulting all members of the Council and after multiple sessions of amendments, and the vast majority of Security Council members voted in favor of this resolution, but unfortunately Russia and China decided to use the right Veto.

She justified his country’s position, saying: Russia and China will provide you with all kinds of justifications to obstruct the resolution, and whether they admit it or not, there are two deep, very cynical reasons behind the vote. First, Russia and China are still unable to condemn the attack launched by the Palestinian resistance movement “Hamas” in October 7.

She continued: Russia and China simply did not want to vote in favor of the resolution drafted by the United States, because they would rather see us fail than see this council succeed. Even after comprehensive consultations over weeks and weeks. Even after negotiations and amendments produced a draft that received overwhelming support from the Council.

Nearly every council member voted to put the body’s full weight behind diplomatic efforts to secure an immediate and sustainable ceasefire as part of a deal that leads to the release of all hostages and that will allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, but Russia has put politics above progress.

She stressed that despite all the fiery rhetoric, we all know that Russia and China are not doing anything diplomatically to promote lasting peace or contribute meaningfully to humanitarian response efforts, and there is another decision that some of you would like to consider. But this text in its current form fails to support sensitive diplomacy in the region. Worse still, it may give the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas an excuse to withdraw from the agreement on the table.

She continued: The United States will continue to work to reach an agreement with Egypt and Qatar, and we will work with any member of the Council who is seriously interested in adopting a resolution that will help make this agreement possible.

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