US 'actively working' for UN resolution on Gaza: White House

AFP , Thursday 21 Dec 2023

The United States is still working in hopes of a UN Security Council resolution on Gaza, the White House said Thursday, after repeated delays over language opposed by Israel on aid monitoring.

US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby speaks during the d
US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP

 

"We're still actively working with our UN partners about the resolution and on the language itself," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

The deputy US envoy at the UN, Robert Wood, earlier said that the United States was not yet at a point where it could support a draft text proposed by the United Arab Emirates.

A sticking point has been calls for UN monitoring of aid entering the beleaguered Gaza Strip, where 85 percent of the population has been displaced by a relentless Israeli military campaign launched on October 7.

Kirby, while declining to discuss the negotiations in depth, acknowledged that Israel wanted to keep control over the monitoring of assistance.

"Israel has had, understandably so, a role in the inspection regime -- a key role, a pivotal role -- and we understand and respect that," Kirby said.

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