New York, 28 October 2023 (TDI): On October 27, 14 member countries of UNGA at the resumption of the 10th Emergency Special Session meeting on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory rejected the resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities in Gaza.
The resolution, jointly proposed by almost 50 nations, including Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), received approval with a vote of 120 in favor, 14 against, and 45 nations abstaining.
The 14 countries included Austria, Croatia, Fiji, Czechia, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, the U.S, Nauru, Paraguay, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and Marshal Islands which rejected the UNGA Resolution and voted against it.
120 countries including France, Brazil, and Ireland voted in favor of the resolution, while 45 countries including Canada, Japan, Italy, and the UK abstained from voting.
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen on October 28, on the UNGA Resolution proclaimed, “We reject outright the UN General Assembly’s despicable call for a ceasefire. Israel intends to eliminate Hamas just as the world dealt with the Nazis and ISIS.”
The 10th Emergency Special Session meeting on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory was resumed by the UNGA on October 27, to conduct voting for the resolution on Gaza, proposed by Jordan and backed by over 45 Member States of UNGA including Egypt, Oman, and UAE.
Agenda of the Resolution
Firstly, the Resolution called for an immediate, durable, and sustained humanitarian truce between Israeli forces and Hamas forces in Gaza demanding all parties comply with international humanitarian law.
Secondly, the Resolution demanded continuous, sufficient, and unhindered provision of lifesaving supplies and services for civilians trapped inside the enclave in Gaza.
Thirdly, it called for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians held captive as well as demanding their safety, well-being, and humane treatment in compliance with international law.