Voting on a resolution on Gaza: We cannot give up

Today, the UN Security Council met in an emergency session to vote on resolution, tabled by Algeria, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The resolution, which Slovenia strongly supported, was not adopted due to veto by one member state.

“We voted for the resolution because the killing of civilians in Gaza must stop. The suffering that Palestinians are enduring is beyond anything a human being should be subjected to,” underscored Representative of Slovenia to the UN Security Council Ambassador Samuel Žbogar in the explanation of vote. 

He stressed that a possible Israeli offensive in Rafah would have dire humanitarian consequences and would push us to a path of no return. That is why we are strongly convinced that the Council should react and demand the end of the ongoing war.

In his statement he emphasized the indispensable role of the Security Council to maintain international peace and security as well as its responsibility towards the international community. The voices of global civil society remain clear: The war in Gaza needs to stop and the Council should hear these pleas.

“It all starts with a call for a ceasefire, to end hostilities, to bring hostages home, to bring water and food to starving Palestinians and to silence and clear the skies over Gaza and Israel. A call addressed to both sides, Israel and Hamas,” concluded the Ambassador.

Slovenia will continue working towards a consensus in the Council for peace in the Middle East.

Read the full explanation of vote here.

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