Opponents of Gaza ceasefire resolution on wrong side of history: AL secretary-general

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Dec 2023

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit denounced those who opposed the recent UN General Assembly resolution advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza, stating that they are aligning themselves on the wrong side of history.

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File Photo: General of the Arab League and former Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Abul Gheit. Photo: AFP

 

On Tuesday, the UNGA overwhelmingly voted to call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, signaling strong global support to end the brutal Israeli war on Gaza, with 153 countries voting in favour, 10 against and 23 abstaining.

"The backing of the resolution on a Gaza cease-fire by 153 member states reflects the majority of international public opinion supporting this call," Aboul-Gheit posted on Wednesday on his "X" account.

 

"Those who rejected the resolution or abstained are standing on the wrong side of history," he added.

The United States and Israel, along with eight other countries – Austria, Czechia, Guatemala, Liberia, Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay – opposed the resolution.

The support for the cease-fire resolution follows a UN Security Council resolution vetoed by the US.

The new vote at the UNGA surpassed that of the 27 October resolution, which called for a "humanitarian truce" leading to a cessation of hostilities, with a vote of 120-14 and 45 abstentions.

Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions lack legal binding. Nevertheless, the assembly's messages hold significance, serving as reflections of global opinion, as stated by UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric on Monday.

As the genocidal Israeli war on Gaza enters its 68th day, Israeli airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardment struck both Rafah and Khan Younis, killing 16 individuals in an area supposed to be a safe zone for evacuations. 

Israel has killed more than 18,400 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children since 7 October.

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