Res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Ha­mas fails at UN

■ ■ The res­o­lu­tion failed to be adopted as it could not gar­ner two-thirds sup­port in the Gen­eral Assem­bly In­dia ab­stains from vot­ing

The Hitavada - - SPORTS - ■ By Yoshita Singh

IN­DIA has ab­stained from vot­ing on a US-spon­sored UN Gen­eral Assem­bly draft res­o­lu­tion that would have con­demned for the first time the ac­tiv­i­ties of Ha­mas and other mil­i­tant groups in Gaza.

The res­o­lu­tion ‘Ac­tiv­i­ties of Ha­mas and other mil­i­tant groups in Gaza’ got 87 votes in favour, 58 against with 32 ab­sten­tions. The res­o­lu­tion failed to be adopted on Thurs­day as it could not gar­ner two-thirds sup­port in the Gen­eral Assem­bly.

In­dia was among the 32 coun­tries that ab­stained from vot­ing on the res­o­lu­tion which would have con­demned Ha­mas for ‘re­peat­edly fir­ing rock­ets into Is­rael and for in­cit­ing vi­o­lence, thereby putting civil­ians at risk’, and for its use of re­sources in Gaza to con­struct mil­i­tary in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing tun­nels to in­fil­trate Is­rael and equip­ment to launch rock­ets into civil­ian ar­eas.

The res­o­lu­tion had spec­i­fied that fur­ther en­gage­ment by UN Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral, and the UN Spe­cial Co­or­di­na­tor for the Mid­dle East Peace Process, in ef­forts to de-es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza, was also needed.

Through a pro­ce­dural vote held be­fore the main vote on the res­o­lu­tion, the Assem­bly had voted to ap­ply the two-thirds ma­jor­ity re­quire­ment for the adop­tion of the draft. Be­fore the vot­ing, US Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN Nikki Haley, said that de­spite more than 500 Gen­eral Assem­bly res­o­lu­tions con­demn­ing Is­rael, not one con­demn­ing Ha­mas has ever been adopted.

Hai­ley, the high­est rank­ing In­di­anAmer­i­can in the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion who is step­ping down from the post at the end of this month, de­scribed the two-thirds de­ci­sion, which passed by just a hand­ful of votes, as ‘un­fair’ adding that the Ha­mas res­o­lu­tion was an op­por­tu­nity for States to ‘do the right thing.’

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