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UN Security Council Adopts Ceasefire Resolution for Gaza

10 June 2024 | Peace and Security

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire deal in three phases to end the war in Gaza. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the importance of this resolution, stating, “Today, we voted for peace.”

The US-drafted text calls for Hamas to accept a ceasefire proposal announced on 31 May by President Joe Biden, which has already been accepted by Israel.

Adopted by a large majority with 14 votes in favor and Russia abstaining, the resolution urges both parties to fully implement the terms of the proposal “without delay and without condition.”

A Durable End to the War in Sight

President Biden described the deal as “not just a ceasefire that would inevitably be fragile and temporary” but one that would provide a “durable end to the war.” The terms of the deal had been transmitted by Qatar to the leadership of Hamas.

The motion envisages a three-phase approach to ensure a lasting and comprehensive end to the fighting:

Phase One: Immediate, full, and complete ceasefire with the release of hostages including women, the elderly, and the wounded, the return of remains of some hostages who have been killed, and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners. It also calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza, the return of Palestinians to their homes, and the safe distribution of humanitarian assistance.

Phase Two: Permanent end to hostilities in exchange for the release of all other hostages still in Gaza and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces.

Phase Three: Major multi-year reconstruction plan for Gaza and the return of any deceased hostages’ remains.

The resolution rejects any attempt at demographic or territorial change in Gaza and reiterates the Council’s commitment to a two-State solution where Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace.

International Unity for Peace

The fighting could stop today if Hamas agrees to the deal now endorsed by the Security Council, said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She emphasized that the international community is united behind a deal that will save lives and help Palestinian civilians in Gaza start to rebuild and heal.

Statements from Key Nations

Algeria: Ambassador Amar Bendjama stated, “Palestinian lives matter,” highlighting Algeria’s support for Palestinian demands and their struggle for liberation.
China: Ambassador Fu Cong called for a permanent ceasefire, stressing the need to end bombardment and offensive actions to protect civilians in Gaza.
Russia: Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia abstained due to concerns about the clarity and specifics of the deal, questioning what Israel had agreed to.
Israel: Representative Reut Shapir Ben Naftaly reiterated Israel’s goals of bringing hostages home and dismantling Hamas’ capabilities, emphasizing that the war will end once these goals are met.

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Gaza: Security Council Adopts US Resolution Calling for ‘Immediate, Full and Complete Ceasefire’

10 June 2024 | Peace and Security

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive ceasefire deal in three phases to end the war in Gaza. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the importance of this resolution, stating, “Today, we voted for peace.”

The US-drafted text calls for Hamas to accept a ceasefire proposal announced on 31 May by President Joe Biden, which has already been accepted by Israel.

Adopted by a large majority with 14 votes in favor and Russia abstaining, the resolution urges both parties to fully implement the terms of the proposal “without delay and without condition.”

A Durable End to the War in Sight

President Biden described the deal as “not just a ceasefire that would inevitably be fragile and temporary” but one that would provide a “durable end to the war.” The terms of the deal had been transmitted by Qatar to the leadership of Hamas.

The motion envisages a three-phase approach to ensure a lasting and comprehensive end to the fighting:

Phase One: Immediate, full, and complete ceasefire with the release of hostages including women, the elderly, and the wounded, the return of remains of some hostages who have been killed, and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners. It also calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas of Gaza, the return of Palestinians to their homes, and the safe distribution of humanitarian assistance.

Phase Two: Permanent end to hostilities in exchange for the release of all other hostages still in Gaza and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces.

Phase Three: Major multi-year reconstruction plan for Gaza and the return of any deceased hostages’ remains.

The resolution rejects any attempt at demographic or territorial change in Gaza and reiterates the Council’s commitment to a two-State solution where Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace.

International Unity for Peace

The fighting could stop today if Hamas agrees to the deal now endorsed by the Security Council, said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She emphasized that the international community is united behind a deal that will save lives and help Palestinian civilians in Gaza start to rebuild and heal.

Statements from Key Nations

Algeria: Ambassador Amar Bendjama stated, “Palestinian lives matter,” highlighting Algeria’s support for Palestinian demands and their struggle for liberation.
China: Ambassador Fu Cong called for a permanent ceasefire, stressing the need to end bombardment and offensive actions to protect civilians in Gaza.
Russia: Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia abstained due to concerns about the clarity and specifics of the deal, questioning what Israel had agreed to.
Israel: Representative Reut Shapir Ben Naftaly reiterated Israel’s goals of bringing hostages home and dismantling Hamas’ capabilities, emphasizing that the war will end once these goals are met.
Resurgence Network for Human Rights

Amid these global calls for peace, the Resurgence Network for Human Rights stands firm in its mission to support victims of human rights abuses. We call upon the Nigerian government and international partners to take immediate action to support girls and young women who have escaped Boko Haram captivity. These survivors need specialist reintegration support, including mental health services, education, and vocational training. It is crucial to ensure they are not returned to their captors and are given the opportunity to rebuild their lives with dignity and safety.

A Call for Action

The Resurgence Network for Human Rights urges everyone to join in advocating for these survivors. Let us work together to ensure their voices are heard, and their rights are protected. It is time to cease the violence and support the victims in their journey towards healing and reintegration.

United for Peace and Human Rights

As we witness the adoption of resolutions aimed at ending conflicts, let us remain committed to upholding human rights and providing the necessary support to those affected by violence and abuse. Together, we can create a future where peace and justice prevail.

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