Explanation of vote on the US draft resolution on Gaza

Explanation of vote by the Republic of Slovenia at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

Thank you President,

Slovenia voted in favor of the resolution 2735, focusing on the comprehensive ceasefire deal in Gaza. We would like to thank the US as a penholder for their efforts.

Since the start of this conflict, Slovenia has been calling for a strong, united voice from the Council on this issue. We believe that calls by the international community, efforts by mediators and those of a bilateral nature are intertwined and should be mutually reinforcing. We deeply appreciate the determination of Egypt, Qatar and the United States aimed at reaching this deal.

The Security Council is the primary body entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its voice should be clear and united. This is why we welcome the adoption of the resolution, seeking the Council’s endorsement of this deal.

We call on both parties to accept it and implement it fully and immediately.

Let me underline our consistent call for the full respect of international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law. International law is clear. It prohibits hostage taking. It prohibits the denial of humanitarian access to civilians and attacks against humanitarian workers. It includes the right to voluntary return of displaced persons. My point, colleagues, is that many of the elements of this deal should already be taking place. As should have been the case for the implementation of the previous three Council resolutions along with the ICJ orders on provisional measures.

Mr President,

We have been saying this for months now, the suffering in Gaza must end. We have been constantly calling for immediate release of hostages. However, military operations for the release of hostages leaving hundreds of civilians killed and injured like the one in Nuseirat refugee camp on Saturday cannot be the new normal. The principles of international humanitarian law and human rights law apply to hostage rescue operations as well. The denial of aid to civilians, including women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons. Humanitarian and UN personnel killed. UN premises targeted. Hospitals sieged. Children’s limbs amputated without anesthesia. Women giving birth without appropriate assistance. Mass graves. Civilian areas in Gaza and in Israel targeted, attacked and destroyed.

None of this should be taking place.

Mr President,

Photos of children, some of them born during this war, dying because of malnutrition will go down in history as one of the conflicts this Council should have prevented. It is for these reasons we once again call for an immediate ceasefire. This is the first step towards achieving a comprehensive solution.

It is for this reason we support an international peace conference under the auspices of the United Nations. It is for these reasons that we underscore our commitment to the two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders and the unification of the Gaza Strip with the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, under the Palestinian Authority.

Everyone has their part to play, and every step contributes to the peace process. In our opinion, only two sovereign and equal states can make this peace happen. It is for that reason that my country last week recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state and we call on others to follow suit.

So that the future generations in Israel and Palestine can live side by side in peace, security and prosperity.

Thank you.

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