UAE Explanation of Vote by His Excellency Mohamed Abushahab, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, at the UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question

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December 8, 2023

Mr. President,

The United Arab Emirates is deeply disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote.

Regrettably, and in the face of untold misery, this Council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire.

Let me be clear. Against the backdrop of the Secretary-General’s grave warnings, the appeals by humanitarian actors, the world’s public opinion – this Council grows isolated. It appears untethered from its own founding document.

What is the message we are sending Palestinians if we cannot unite behind a call to halt the relentless bombardment of Gaza?

Indeed, what is the message we are sending civilians across the world who may find themselves in similar situations?

Mr. President,

The disappointing outcome of this vote will not deter us from continuing to implore Council Members to act and bring the violence in Gaza to an end.

The Council must unite and act to end this war, and the UAE will continue to insist it does.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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