This is rich: Russia accuses US of preventing Security Council action on Gaza
This is truly rich. Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin is accusing the United States of preventing UN Security Council action on Gaza
The Security Council held heated closed-door negotiations on a
possible statement, but diplomats said a sticking point was that the
text did not mention Hamas missile attacks on Israel. Israel said it was
these attacks that prompted its major offensive against Gaza.
members were consulting with their capitals on the draft statement,
which needs to be approved by consensus, but several diplomats said it
was unlikely an agreement would be reached by a Tuesday morning
Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said that if the
council could not agree, he would put a resolution - a stronger move by
the council than a statement - to a vote on Tuesday to call for an end
to the violence and show support for regional and international efforts
to broker peace.
"One member of the Security Council, I'm sure you
can guess which, indicated ... they will not be prepared to go along
with any reaction of the Security Council," Churkin said earlier in a
thinly veiled reference to the United States.
"Somehow, allegedly, that could hurt the current efforts carried out by Egypt and the region," he said.
resolution is passed when it receives nine votes in favor and no vetoes
by the five permanent council members - Russia, China, Britain, the
United States and France. Some diplomats said a vote on the Russian
resolution would likely be tight and could force a veto by the United
Council diplomats, who did not want to be identified, said the United
States' UN delegation had been instructed by Washington not to engage
in consultations on a statement by the Security Council.
Germany and Britain submitted amendments to the draft Security Council
statement earlier, diplomats said, but Churkin said too many changes had
"Unfortunately it looked like a little bit of a
filibustering attempt. Maybe I am mistaken, maybe it's just a laid-back
attitude in a situation where we cannot afford procrastination," Churkin
told reporters after consultations.
One council diplomat described the filibustering accusation as "utter nonsense."
Hey Ambassador Churkin, how many Syrians have been killed since the start of this operation (hint: many more Syrians
than 'Palestinians' have been killed) and why has your
country been blocking Security Council action against Bashar al-Assad
for months? At the very least, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
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