December 6, 2023

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China chairs the Security Council amid inaction on Gaza

China chairs the Security Council amid inaction on Gaza

The Asian giant succeeds Brazil and precedes Ecuador at the head of the 15-member entity.

Along with the United States, France, Russia and the United Kingdom, the country is one of the five permanent members with veto power.

The Council is considered one of the most powerful entities within the United Nations and includes Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates as non-permanent members until December of this year.

Meanwhile, Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland will integrate in the same way until the end of 2024.

The Council remains under the media spotlight after repeated failures to reach a solution to the conflict in the Middle East and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Last Monday, the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, expressed his regret at the inaction of the entity that gave the “green light” for continued escalation against the enclave.

The representative called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to ensure the release of the hostages and a return to the path of the political agreement.

At the same time, he called on both parties to “abandon their blind belief in force” and commit to ending the cycle of violence.

He warned that if the escalation could not be contained, a military catastrophe could occur that would affect the entire region.

He told the members of the commission that the people of Gaza do not need more repeated promises, but rather concrete measures that can achieve peace, restore the rule of law, and save civilian lives.

He stressed that history will record the election of the Council.

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