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At the initiative of Algeria, the Security Council adopts a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

 NEW YORK (UN) - At the initiative of Algeria, supported by the other elected members, the United Nations Security Council adopted, on Monday, by a total of fourteen votes in favor, a resolution demanding a cease-fire immediate fire in Gaza during the month of Ramadhan.

This follows the proposal, by the elected members of the Council (Group of Ten), of a new draft resolution after the failure of the American proposal last Friday. Algeria has held intense negotiations over the past two days, during which it drafted a succinct proposal addressing the most complex elements, including an immediate ceasefire leading to a permanent ceasefire, the release of all detainees and guaranteeing the delivery of humanitarian aid and medical needs.

The resolution emphasizes the urgent need to expand the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians and strengthen their protection throughout the Gaza Strip, and reiterates its demands for the lifting of all obstacles to the provision of large-scale humanitarian assistance, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

The draft resolution adopted constitutes a precedent in the action of the Security Council, illustrating the skill of Algerian diplomacy and its mastery of the workings of work within the United Nations. Indeed, this is the first time that all elected members have presented a project to the Council on the Palestinian question.    

In a speech delivered after the vote on the resolution, Algeria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Amar Bendjama, expressed his thanks to all members of the Security Council for their flexibility and constructive work during the negotiations.

He further recalled that after the vote on its draft resolution last February, Algeria had committed to seizing the Security Council again and to sparing no effort so that the latter assumes its responsibilities, and the here we are again today, accompanied by "all the elected countries, carrying a clear message to the Palestinian people: the international community, in all its components, feels your suffering and has not abandoned you."

The permanent representative of Algeria affirmed that the adoption of today's resolution "is only the beginning of the path towards realizing the aspirations of the Palestinian people", adding that "Algeria hopes to see all parties honor this resolution so that bloodshed and suffering cease immediately and without conditions. And to emphasize that it was the duty of the Security Council to guarantee the implementation of its resolutions.

Ambassador Bendjama also assured that Algeria, in accordance with the directives of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, will return again to the Security Council to continue its efforts so that the State of Palestine accedes to the its rightful place as a full and sovereign member of the United Nations.

Thus, it is the first time since the start of the barbaric aggression against the Gaza Strip, more than five months ago, that the Council has managed to adopt a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire to stop the bloodbath in Gaza, which has more than 32,000 martyrs and more than 74,000 injured, the majority women and children.

The Security Council failed to adopt the draft resolution proposed by Algeria last month following a veto by the United States, while Algeria, with the support of Russia and China, succeeded to obstruct the adoption of the biased resolution proposed by Washington last Friday.

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