February 28, 2024
UN Security Council ‘Paralysed’ Over Gaza, Says Guterres
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UN Security Council ‘Paralysed’ Over Gaza, Says Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that he regrets the Security Council’s failure to demand a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

While addressing Qatar’s Doha Forum, Secretary-General Guterres said the council was, in his own words, “paralysed by geostrategic divisions” that were undermining solutions to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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Guterres had convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after two months of attacks that have left more than 17,700 people dead in Gaza, most of them women and children, according to the territory’s health ministry.

The secretary-general deployed the rarely-used Article 99 of the United Nations Charter to bring to the council’s attention “any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security”.

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