Explanation of Vote delivered by Michel Xavier Biang, Permanent Representative of the Gabonese Republic to the UN, on a United Arab Emirates-Drafted UN Security Council Resolution on the Situation in the Middle East

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December 8, 2023

Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang noted his delegation voted in favour of the draft due to a sense of responsibility to put an end to the bloodbath.  Once again, however, the Council was unable to overcome its divisions and respond to the chaotic situation of women and children in the ruins of Gaza.  He voiced regret that “there will not be a ceasefire tonight”, and no response to Secretary-General’s António Guterres’s unprecedented call to activate Article 99 of the Charter of the United Nations.



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