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US UN ambassador strongly rejects Algerian draft resolution calling for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

US representative to the United Nations and president of the UN Security Council for the month of August Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the UN Security Council on maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine at the United Nations Security headquarters on August 24, 2023 in New York City. 

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US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told reporters Friday that Algeria’s draft resolution calling for a Gaza ceasefire does not put proper pressure on Hamas, saying instead to focus on the negotiations occurring between the US and their regional partners in the Middle East such as Egypt and Qatar.

“This draft resolution could put sensitive negotiation in jeopardy, derailing the exhaustive ongoing diplomatic efforts to secure the release of hostages and secure and extended pause that Palestinians civilians and aid workers so desperately need,” Thomas-Greenfield said. 

Thomas-Greenfield pointed to the two resolutions the US is working to implement in the region that she said both deal with the humanitarian situation and call for a cessation of hostilities, calling the Algerian resolution “not timely.”  

However, she could not say when the alternative resolutions may be implemented, adding that “negotiations take time.” 

“We’re giving it that time. We’re giving it that effort on the ground,” Thomas-Greenfield said.   

Thomas-Greenfield also addressed Israel’s part in supporting the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. 

“I think the Israelis understand that they do have a role to play in assisting humanitarian aid to get through to the people of Gaza,” she said.  

While the ambassador rebuffed a question that said aid to Gaza has been arriving in a trickle, she agreed that the amount of aid let into Gaza has not been enough.   

Thomas-Greenfield used the issue of aid to Gaza to highlight the importance of a swift investigation into the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA,) which is accused by Israel of having Hamas operatives embedded on October 7.  

She said a non-UN body must investigate the agency in addition to the investigation conducted by the UN. 

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