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Russia and China dispute US over UN Gaza ceasefire plan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

According to a Reuters report, Russia and China, both veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, have raised concerns and questions about the details of a draft resolution proposed by the United States based on President Joe Biden’s plan for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The report, citing diplomats, also mentions that Algeria, the only current Arab member of the Security Council, has stated it is not ready to support the US-proposed draft for a Gaza war ceasefire.

For a resolution to pass in the Security Council, at least nine out of the 15 members must vote in favor, and none of the five permanent members (the US, France, the UK, China, or Russia) should veto it.

On June 1, President Biden outlined the main points of a three-phase ceasefire plan for the Gaza Strip, which he described as an Israeli initiative.

According to the US President, Israel’s plan includes three phases, ultimately leading to a ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, a full exchange of hostages and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip.

Hamas has stated it is still reviewing the plan, while the United States is seeking international support by presenting a one-page draft resolution to the 15-member UN Security Council.

An updated version of this draft, given to the Security Council members on June 5, welcomes the ceasefire proposal and describes it as acceptable to Israel. It urges Hamas to accept it as well and calls on both sides to implement the ceasefire conditions without delay or precondition.

The draft mentions details of the proposals to both parties, including a “complete and comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip” as part of the first phase and “a permanent end to hostilities,” if both sides agree, as part of the second phase.

Biden previously described these three phases as a ceasefire, limited release of hostages, and Israeli withdrawal in the first phase; a permanent end to hostilities, the release of all hostages, and a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in the second phase; and the return of bodies and reconstruction of Gaza in the third phase.

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