Uruguay abstained from a motion for a humanitarian truce in Gaza at the UN

Uruguay abstained from a motion for a humanitarian truce in Gaza at the UN
October 27, 2023 – 20:14

The country took that position in the face of a text that called for the “cessation of hostilities” without naming either party.

With the abstention of Uruguay, the General Assembly of the UN approved a non-binding resolution calling for an “immediate and lasting humanitarian truce” amid the war between Israel and Hamas, which takes place in the Gaza Strip.

The initiative, presented by Jordan and which does not name either the terrorist group or the country, had 120 votes in favor, 14 against, among which was USA and 45 abstentions, including the Uruguayan, despite the fact that the granddaughter of a citizen was among the hostages.

Prior to the final vote, the Assembly refused to include an amendment of Canada that asked to expressly condemn Hamas for the attacks of October 7 that caused the death of more than 1,400 Israelis, most of them civilians.

Among the countries of the region, Paraguay and Guatemala against, while Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador and Peru they did it in favor. Among those who abstained, in addition to Uruguay, was Panama and countries like Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, India, Greece, Japan and Sweden.


They demand the immediate release of the hostages

The approved project “calls for an immediate, lasting and sustained humanitarian truce, leading to the cessation of hostilities” and rejects the forced transfer of the Palestinian civilian population.

In turn, the signatories demand the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians who are “illegally” captive and “humane treatment” for them, in reference to the hostages, whose freedom was requested by several Uruguayan representatives.

After the meeting, the Israeli representative to the UN, Gilad Erdan, He considered that the approved text was an “infamy” and assured that “the UN no longer has an iota of legitimacy or relevance. It is a shame”.

On the other hand, his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Mansour, He stated: “We did it, but it is only the first step. We have to maximize our efforts and energy to stop the war.”

Source: Ambito

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