Tuesday, July 23

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, V.A. Nebenzie, in explanation of vote on the draft UN Security Council resolution on a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, June 10, 2024

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Mr. Chairman,

The Russian Federation abstained on the draft UN Security Council resolution prepared by American colleagues in support of the mediators’ proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

From the very beginning of the escalation of hostilities in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, we have consistently and consistently advocated the imperative of establishing a permanent ceasefire, including for the release of hostages and normalization of the humanitarian situation in the sector. We are always positive about any diplomatic efforts “on the ground” aimed at reconciliation, the parameters of which are acceptable to both sides.

At the same time, we have a number of questions to the American draft resolution, in which the Council welcomes a certain “deal”, the final outlines of which are still unknown to anyone, perhaps with the exception of intermediaries. The information circulating in various open sources is very contradictory. The authors did not inform the Security Council about the details of the agreements. We are, in fact, being offered a “pig in a poke”.

As such, there was no negotiation process on the draft: the authors brought variations of the finished text, actually requiring the members of the UN Security Council to sign them under time constraints.

Hamas has been called upon to accept the so-called “deal.” But there is still no complete clarity regarding the existence of official Israeli consent, as spelled out in the resolution proposed by President J.Biden’s “deal” against the background of numerous statements from Israel on the topic of continuing the war until complete victory over Hamas. What exactly did Israel agree to? Maybe we will hear the answer to this question today from the Israeli representative?

We are convinced that the Security Council should not sign up to agreements whose parameters are vague, without guarantees not only of their implementation “on the ground”, but also without any clear understanding of how the parties themselves treat them. In fact, the Council gives a kind of “carte blanche” and signs up to a plan, the details of which are unknown to it. The parameters listed in the three paragraphs are not details. Since the beginning of the escalation in Gaza, the Council has already adopted three resolutions, the implementation of the provisions of which remains only “on paper”. A fourth one may be added to these.

This is by no means a positive trend. The adoption by the Council of a new document, the content of which raises a lot of questions, and even without a clear requirement for the parties to immediately and permanently cease fire, undermines its authority as the main body for the maintenance of international peace and security.

We did not block the resolution only because, as far as we understand, the Arab world supports it. At the same time, all the questions we have identified remain and require an answer.

Thank you for your attention.




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