November 19, 2012
Russia is disappointed the draft UN Security Council statement on the situation in Gaza has still not been adopted. A corresponding statement was made for journalists by Russia’s envoy at the UN Vitaly Churkin.
According to him, work on the wording continues, and SC members shall get back to it in a few hours.
Churkin also expressed regret that numerous amendments have been proposed. “One of the Council members made it clear they will not accept any Council response that, according to their claims, may harm regional efforts, spearheaded by Egypt,” – said the diplomat.
Earlier, the United Kingdom’s envoy Mark Lyall Grant dubbed the draft “too one-sided.” According to him, the text placed too much emphasis on the actions of Israel.
According to Churkin, the document will consist of “three main parts”. Firstly, it will call for an immediate end to violence on both sides; secondly, express support for all international and regional efforts to resolve the situation peacefully, and, thirdly, contain a call for resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
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