US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN

New York, The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on Gaza.

The violence on the Israel-Gaza border erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened.

The draft statement said “the Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest.” “The security council calls for an independent and transparent investigation into these actions to ensure accountability,” the statement added.

The council expressed its grave concern regarding recent developments in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the context of the peaceful protests in the Gaza Strip and the tragic loss of civilian lives.

The SC urged all sides to exercise restraint with a view to averting further escalation and establishing calm, calling “all states not to undertake any steps that further aggravate the situation, including any unilateral and unlawful measures undermining the prospects of peace” the statement noted.

It also said that any decisions and actions “which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect” a reference to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Any statement in the Security council cannot be taken without the approval of all the 15 members.

Source: Jordan News Agency