Russia to propose ceasefire resolution on monday

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.15 - 2023 7:51 AM CET

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Russia to propose ceasefire resolution on monday.

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Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to present a resolution demanding a "civil ceasefire" in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to news agency Reuters.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador, expects the proposal to be voted on Monday evening.

The text of the proposal, which has not been altered since it was distributed to members on Friday, does not specifically mention Hamas but refers to Israel and the Palestinians.

The one-page proposal calls for the release of all hostages, access for humanitarian aid, and the safe evacuation of civilians. It also condemns violence against civilians and all forms of terrorist acts.

A resolution in the UN Security Council needs at least nine member countries to vote in favor, and none of the permanent members can veto it.

The permanent members are the USA, the UK, France, China, and Russia. According to Reuters, the USA has historically shielded Israel from any action by the Security Council.

An anonymous diplomat commented on Russia's proposal, stating that they had not consulted anyone and did not even mention Hamas by name, indicating that they are not serious or in line with most council members.

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