KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia strongly condemned the United States’s (US) stand against the resolution draft of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) that calls for immediate humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestine.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, “Malaysia is disappointed with the attitude of the US that disregards humanitarian rights and defends the killings of Palestinian people including children and women.”
“On behalf of the Malaysian government, I would like to strongly condemn the decision made by the US to oppose the ceasefire (in Palestine) at the UNSC (level).
“There is no reason, absolutely no basis for anyone to deny the ceasefire and frustrate the process,” he said when met by reporters on the second day of the MADANI Government One-Year Celebration held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, today.
Yesterday the US vetoed the UNSC resolution which was co-sponsored by nearly 100 UN member states that demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
The resolution also received the support of 13 Security Council members, while the United Kingdom (UK), which is also a permanent council member with veto power, abstained.
At the same time, the draft resolution called for all parties to the conflict to adhere to international law, particularly the protection of civilians as well as an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
The resolution comes after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Dec. 6 warned that the war in the Gaza Strip may aggravate existing threats to international peace and security.
Guterres also invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter and stated that the current conditions were making it impossible for humanitarian operations to take place.
While repeating his call for a humanitarian ceasefire, Guterres wrote that the humanitarian conditions in the ongoing war are fast deteriorating into a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians as a whole.
Following this, Anwar added that Malaysia will not emulate the US in terms of democracy and human rights values.
“The whole world condemns and objects to the murder of innocent civilians but they still (continue) and (due to this,) I am tremendously upset and object to their decision that disregards human rights.
“I am also deeply saddened by the outrageous decision to ignore the clamour and appeal by the international community for a ceasefire.
“Hence, if we want to view the US (highly) in terms of democracy and human rights, it seems that we should postpone (the thought),” Anwar said.