Hamas 'welcomes' UN Security Council vote on US-drafted Gaza ceasefire resolution

AFP , AP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jun 2024

Hamas said late Monday that it "welcomes" the United Nations Security Council vote adopting a US-drafted resolution supporting a ceasefire plan in Gaza.

Members of the United Nations Security Council listen as Representative of the United States to the UN, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. AFP


The movement "welcomes the Security Council resolution ... (and) would like to reaffirm its readiness to cooperate with the brother mediators to enter into indirect negotiations regarding the implementation of these principles", Hamas said in a statement, referring to its demands that include a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from the beseiged Gaza strip.

The statement also affirmed the movement's "endeavor and struggle with all of our people to achieve their national rights, foremost of which is defeating the occupation and establishing its independent, fully sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return and self-determination." 

The UN Security Council on Monday approved its first resolution endorsing a ceasefire plan aimed at ending the Israel eight-month war on Gaza.

The resolution welcomes a ceasefire proposal announced by President Joe Biden that the United States says Israel has accepted. It calls on Hamas, which initially said it viewed the proposal “positively,” to accept the three-phase plan.

It urges Israel and Hamas “to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition.”

The resolution, which the council voted 14-0 in favour, with Russia abstaining, urges Israel and Hamas “to fully implement its terms without delay and without condition.”

Earlier Monday, U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood told reporters that the U.S. wanted to make sure all 15 Security Council members were on board to support what he described as "the best, most realistic opportunity to bring at least a temporary halt to this war.”

The vote announced on Monday, was on a US-drafted resolution that backs Washington's Gaza ceasefire plan and calls on Hamas to accept it, the council presidency said.

"Council members should not let this opportunity pass by and must speak with one voice in support of this deal," Nate Evans, spokesman for the US delegation, said Sunday before the timing of the vote was set.

The United States, a staunch ally of Israel, has been widely criticized for having blocked several UN draft resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The US President said on June 1st that Israel had offered a new roadmap towards a permanent peace in Gaza, urging Hamas to accept the surprise deal as it was "time for this war to end."

In his first major address outlining a solution to the conflict, Biden said the three-phase proposal starts with a six-week complete ceasefire that would see Israeli forces withdraw from all populated areas of Gaza.

"It's time for this war to end, for the day after to begin," Biden said in a televised address from the White House.

He later said in an interview with Time magazine that there is “every reason” to draw the conclusion that Netanyahu is prolonging the war in Gaza for his own political self-preservation.

Since the outbreak of the barbaric Israeli war on Gaza, the UN Security Council has struggled to act.

Following two resolutions focused on humanitarian aid, the Security Council finally at the end of March demanded an "immediate ceasefire" for the duration of Ramadan, after the United States abstained from the vote.

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