Guterres asks the Security Council to approve a ceasefire in Gaza – Jornal OPaís

The Secretary-General of the United Nations yesterday called for the approval by the Security Council of a resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza, considering that the body has become a “victim of the enormous geopolitical divisions” in the world.

It is very important that the Security Council is finally able to approve a resolution that calls for a ceasefire in Gaza”, highlighted António Guterres, at a press conference held together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, in Amman.

“It is our duty to do everything possible to mobilize the entire international community. And I see that a consensus is emerging in the international community, including in countries that are friends and allies of Israel.

I see that a consensus is emerging that this war must end. I see a consensus emerging that any land offensive against Rafah will lead to a catastrophic humanitarian situation”, said Guterres.

As he said, “the Security Council is today a victim of the enormous geopolitical divisions that exist in the world”.

“With the superpowers at odds with each other, a situation is created in which it is very difficult to find consensus in relation to any of the difficult crises we face in the world, and not just in relation to Gaza”, said the UN leader.

The UN Security Council, which had planned to meet on Saturday to vote on a new resolution on Gaza, postponed the meeting until today, after Russia and China vetoed another text presented by the United States on Friday, in which an immediate ceasefire was advocated.

This proposal, presented after more than five months of war, was the first in which the United States called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in the Security Council, after having vetoed several projects presented by other countries.

The resolution that will now be voted on demands “an immediate ceasefire in the month of Ramadan”, which should end on April 9th, and which “leads to a permanent and sustained ceasefire”.

Furthermore, it calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and highlights the need to “increase the flow of humanitarian aid” to respond to “the great concern about the catastrophic situation in Gaza”.

China said yesterday that it will “continue to support” the United Nations Security Council in adopting “responsible and meaningful actions” to achieve an “unconditional and lasting” ceasefire in Gaza.

However, it is not clear what the position of the United States will be, which, as a permanent member, has veto power, which it has already used three times in relation to the war in Gaza.

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