Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations decried a fundamental problem and missing gap in a resolution the UN Security Council has adopted on Gaza, saying it lacks an executive guarantee and is not a legally binding resolution.
Addressing the “Informal Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Humanitarian Situation in the Gaza Strip”, held in New York on Monday, Saeed Iravani said the UNSC Resolution on Gaza “lacks an adequate provision for ending the war, which is essential for ceasingIsrael’s atrocities”.
“Gaza is experiencing a challenging time and the people of Gaza facing unabated war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the Israeli regime. The people of Gaza expect concrete support from the United Nations. Their land is still under occupation and they continue to suffer from Israel’s vicious war despite worldwide calls for a ceasefire, notably voiced in resolutions adopted by the General Assembly urging an end to hostilities and in appeals from the Security Council for humanitarian pauses. In such a dire situation, sympathy is no longer enough. There is generally an expectation that the content of the Security Council resolution should have included the main elements of the resolution of the General Assembly that was adopted with a majority of 121 votes, especially its key point that there is a most urgent need for an immediate, sustainable and durable truce for civilians,” he said.
“Regrettably, some members of the Security Council who voted in favor of the General Assembly resolution refused to agree to the amendment that included the demand for a truce in the UNSC resolution to avoid the UNSC resolution being vetoed. Consequently, the adopted resolution lacks an adequate provision for ending the war, which is essential for ceasing Israel’s atrocities in Gaza against innocent civilians,” the envoy said.
Lashing out at the representative of the Israeli regime for saying that Zionists “would do whatever they wish”, Iravani said, “This regime has directly attacked three UNRWA schools housing thousands of Palestinian displaced families only since the first part of this meeting held on Friday. All this because there is a fundamental problem and missing gap in the resolution that it lacks an executive guarantee and is not a legally binding resolution.”
“Accordingly, we believe that the General Assembly must play a leading role based on the powers and authority granted to it by the Charter of the United Nations. During the last two years, the General Assembly’s capacity has been used to address issues related to peace and security. Now, the international community expects the same. To assist the Palestinian people in the current catastrophic situation, we believe the same potential must be utilized,” the Iranian envoy concluded.