U.S. OPPOSED UN RESOLUTION FOR GAZA CEASEFIRE
The United States opposed a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, claiming it would have interfered with the Biden administration’s efforts to end the hostilities.
France drafted the resolution after the US earlier blocked at least four attempts to have the council issue a press statement calling for an end to hostilities, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
A press statement requires agreement by all 15 council members. A resolution only requires at least nine “yes” votes and no veto by the United States or any of the four other permanent members.
A French spokesman had said “very intense discussions” took place with the US on the proposed resolution. But the US Mission to the UN said later “that we will not support actions that we believe undermine efforts to de-escalate.”