Herald Sun - - WORLD -


A US-spon­sored draft res­o­lu­tion that for the first time would have con­demned the mil­i­tant Is­lamic group Ha­mas has failed to win the re­quired two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly.

Be­fore the vote, the 193mem­ber world body had voted to re­quire a two-thirds ma­jor­ity for ap­proval, rather than the sim­ple ma­jor­ity urged by the US.

US Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley told the assem­bly be­fore the vote that it could make his­tory and un­con­di­tion­ally speak out against Ha­mas, which she called “one of the most ob­vi­ous and grotesque cases of ter­ror­ism in the world”.

But the vote on the res­o­lu­tion to con­demn Ha­mas was 87 in favour against 57 op­posed, with 33 ab­sten­tions — a plu­ral­ity but be­low the two-thirds re­quire­ment to adopt it.

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