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UN convenes emergency session this Tuesday on Gaza

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly will resume, this Tuesday (12), an emergency session on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The meeting comes after the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire.

The letter was signed by the president of the assembly, Dennis Francis, and representatives from Egypt and Mauritania.

The authorities called for the resumption of the meeting invoking UN resolution 377, known as “United for Peace”.

The document says the General Assembly will meet to make recommendations when the Security Council “fails to exercise its primary responsibility to act as necessary to maintain international peace and security.”

“In the absence of a ceasefire and in light of ongoing serious violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, and violations of relevant United Nations resolutions, the situation in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, especially in the Gaza Strip, it is deteriorating dramatically,” the joint letter said.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5 pm (Brasília time) this Tuesday (12).

US veto

The US vetoed a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, amid the high death toll since the start of the war.

Thirteen countries were in favor of the resolution, while the US vetoed it and the UK abstained.

A draft version of the bill, presented by the United Arab Emirates, called for “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire,” as well as “the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages” and “guaranteeing humanitarian access,” according to a draft of the document. .

At least 97 other countries have joined the UAE’s efforts.

Friday’s vote (08) came after a rare invocation by UN Secretary-General António Guterres of Article 99, which allowed him to call a meeting of the Security Council on an “issue that may worsen existing threats to the maintenance of international peace and security.”

The measure that is seen as strong has not been used since 1989.

Source: CNN Brasil

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