ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – Indonesia is disappointed with the failure of the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution demanding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.
Indonesia’s disappointment was expressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on the social media platform X, Saturday, December 9 2023.
“I deeply regret the failure of the Security Council to adopt a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza even though more than 102 countries, including Indonesia, co-sponsored the resolution,” said Retno.
Minister Retno emphasized that the global community cannot continue to depend on the mercy of a few countries and be helpless to witness the cruelty and murder of women and children in Gaza.
The draft UN Security Council resolution was vetoed by the United States on Friday, December 8 2023, even though it was supported by 13 other members of the security council.
United Kingdom, one of the five permanent members of the UN security council that has veto rights, abstained.
The draft resolution calls on all parties to the conflict to comply with international law, especially the protection of civilians.
In addition, it demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, and asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to report to the council on the implementation of the ceasefire.
The United Arab Emirates, which submitted the draft, said it was working to finalize the resolution quickly due to the rising death toll during the 63-day war.
Guterres on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time since he assumed the organization’s top position in 2017, calling for the establishment of a ceasefire and saying that current conditions in Gaza did not allow for “meaningful humanitarian operations.” (AT Network)
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