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UN to Vote Tuesday on Gaza Ceasefire


Sun 18 Feb 2024 | 03:50 PM
UN Security Council
UN Security Council
Ahmed Emam

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution initiated by Algeria calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict for humanitarian reasons. 

However, there are concerns that the United States will veto the resolution due to potential ramifications for ongoing negotiations. Algeria initially proposed this draft resolution two weeks ago, and the vote comes as tensions in the region are escalating.

For the resolution to be adopted, it needs to receive at least nine votes in favor, without facing vetoes from key members such as the United States, Britain, France, China, or Russia. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed concerns that the resolution could jeopardize delicate negotiations aimed at brokering a pause in hostilities. 

Despite the US traditionally shielding its ally Israel from UN actions, it has already abstained twice, enabling the adoption of resolutions supporting humanitarian aid to Gaza and calling for urgent humanitarian pauses in fighting. However, Thomas-Greenfield emphasized that the United States does not support action on this draft resolution, stating, "Should it come up for a vote as drafted, it will not be adopted."