KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia supported and co-sponsored a resolution entitled “Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations”, adopted during the 10th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 12th December 2023.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, the resolution received an overwhelming 153 affirmative votes, 10 against and 23 abstentions.
“Through the resolution, the General Assembly expressed its grave concern over the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
“The Assembly further called for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and ensuring unhindered humanitarian access. All parties are urged to comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, notably with regard to the protection of civilians,” said the ministry in a statement here today.
The 10th ESS was resumed on 12th December 2023 at a joint request by the Arab Group and Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The request was made following the veto cast by the United States at the Security Council on 8th December 2023 against a resolution that would demand an immediate ceasefire to stop the bloodshed in Gaza.
Malaysia, along with Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Türkiye, supported the joint request.
The statement also highlighted that the resounding support for the resolution by a group of cross-regional countries reflects the unwavering commitment of the international community to find a just, lasting, and peaceful settlement to the Palestine-Israel conflict.
“This is made even more urgent given the grim humanitarian tragedy currently unfolding in the Gaza Strip due to relentless Israeli aggression. It was obvious that the Security Council failed to discharge its responsibilities.
“Therefore, the adoption of the resolution reaffirms the vital role of the General Assembly on matters related to international peace and security. The Security Council must not ignore the demands of the majority over the selfish needs of the few,” the statement said.
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