/ 08 December 2023

Demands for action

Image source: Canva
Image source: Canva

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the United Nations Charter – it’s a rare move to push the Security Council to pass an immediate and binding ceasefire resolution on the Israel-Hamas war. Those in the know say it’s a dramatic step that’s been taken by Guterres, who says what’s unfolding in Gaza is a humanitarian disaster that threatens international peace and security after 2 months of war that has created “appalling human suffering.” If a ceasefire resolution was passed by the Security Council, the UN could send international forces to implement it. But China, Russia, the US, the UK and France hold veto power over those calls, and they are not aligned. Israel is none too pleased about it – officials have hit back, saying Guterres hasn’t done enough to condemn Hamas, and that he’s not fit to lead the UN.

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