Explanation of Position Delivered on the Russian Amendment to the UN Security Council Resolution on the Situation in the Middle East

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
December 22, 2023

AS DELIVERED

Thank you, very much. I’m not going to respond to Russia’s rant – a country that has also created conditions that they are complaining about now in their unprovoked war in Ukraine.

But, Colleagues, the United States, as you see, we did not support the amendment put forward by Russia.

We believe the humanitarian resolution before us calls for urgent steps to immediately allow safe, unhindered, and expanded humanitarian access and to create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities.

This is a strong step forward. And we believe the Council should speak out in the resolution that’s been put before us, and move forward with a vote on this resolution.

So, thank you very much.

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