UN Security Council again delays Gaza aid resolution vote as high-level talks try to avoid US veto

FILE – Humanitarian aid trucks enter through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into the Gaza Strip on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. The Security Council’s adoption of a new U.N. resolution to spur desperately needed aid to Gaza has been bogged down by two issues important to the United States — a reference to a cessation of hostilities and putting the U.N. in charge of inspecting trucks to ensure they are actually carrying humanitarian goods. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council again Wednesday delayed the vote on a new U.N. resolution on desperately needed aid to Gaza for another day as the Biden administration struggles to change key wording in high-level negotiations seeking to avoid a U.S. veto. The United States is seeking to change the text’s references to a cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Hamas war and to putting the United Nations in charge of inspecting trucks to ensure they are actually carrying humanitarian goods, which Israel opposes. U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters on his way back from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that “we’re negotiating right now at the U.N. the contours of a resolution that we may be able to agree to.” Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates, which sponsored the Arab-backed resolution, said earlier that very high-level discussions are underway to try to reach agreement on a text that can be adopted. ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Israeli airstrikes kill dozens more Palestinians across the Gaza Strip A Palestinian baby girl, born 17 days ago during Gaza war, is killed with brother in Israeli strike UN Security Council vote on Gaza humanitarian resolution delayed again in effort to avoid US veto “Everyone wants to see a resolution that has impact and that is implementable on the ground,” she told reporters after the […]

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