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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:30 PM Dec 6

UN chief invokes article 99 on Gaza in rare, powerful move [View all]

Dec 6, 2023

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked what is widely considered to be the most powerful diplomatic tool at his disposal.

In a letter to the UN Security Council, Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, which states that “the Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security”.

The letter represents the first time Guterres has invoked the article since he took over the role of UN secretary-general on January 1, 2017.

In the letter, Guterres calls for the Security Council to press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and appeals for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared in Gaza.

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The Guardian: Donkees Dec 6 #1
I am sure the Security Coucil has the perfect solution for preventing their aid Beastly Boy Dec 6 #2
First of all.. Chernevog Dec 6 #23
After Cast Lead there was a decent and reasonable analysis. Igel Dec 6 #43
and here it is again stopdiggin Dec 6 #5
Yes.... Think. Again. Dec 6 #8
and that is the way it has been .... stopdiggin Dec 6 #13
''Israel needs U.S. backing for the expansion of its military operation into the city of Khan Younis'' Donkees Dec 6 #12
what type of 'backing' would that be .. ? stopdiggin Dec 6 #14
Who is funding and arming Israel now if the US has ceased its longtime role in doing so? nt ramen Dec 6 #16
here is the quote stopdiggin Dec 6 #18
I wish the UN could impose a permanent ceasefire. Lonestarblue Dec 6 #3
Will Hamas honor the cease fire? Mossfern Dec 6 #6
We know the answer is no Danmel Dec 6 #19
They are all likely dead. Oopsie Daisy Dec 6 #24
This is unfortunately the core of it. Peace is impossible while Hamas exists Amishman Dec 6 #21
It seems to me that peace is impossible when people continue to believe peace is impossible. BComplex Dec 6 #36
"Peace iw impossible while Hamas exists" is equivalent to Beastly Boy Dec 6 #37
by using terms such as 'bloodlust' stopdiggin Dec 6 #9
Since it make two to make a ceasefire sarisataka Dec 6 #11
9/11 killed 3000 Americans. Iraq War killed 300,000 Iraqis. ratio of 100/1. keopeli Dec 6 #15
Many of us protested against that Bettie Dec 6 #22
Think they can enforce it on Hamas EllieBC Dec 6 #20
Correction- sarisataka Dec 6 #29
Maybe it will end when they return the hostages Tickle Dec 6 #33
Good! Goddessartist Dec 6 #4
While the UN has no enforcement authority of any kind in this matter, I appreciate the move. David__77 Dec 6 #7
Good malaise Dec 6 #10
Because the Security Council was unaware of it? brooklynite Dec 6 #17
He's the one who said: "It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum..." Oopsie Daisy Dec 6 #25
So he never invoked article 99 for the Rohingya, Uyghurs, Yazidis Mosby Dec 6 #26
Did you say claudette Dec 6 #32
No one knows the real death numbers. Mosby Dec 6 #35
So he basically issued a press release? Oh wow! What an impressive and powerful move! tritsofme Dec 6 #27
Does this mean they will do something about Hamas? ripcord Dec 6 #28
That in context is all CEASEFIRE means TheKentuckian Dec 6 #31
Maybe it's claudette Dec 6 #38
There have been multiple ceasefires broken by Hamas TheKentuckian Dec 6 #41
Sorry claudette Dec 6 #42
So all claimed 15,000 dead are now civilians, zero Hamas? EX500rider Dec 6 #44
👍🏻 claudette Dec 6 #30
Biden administration "has seen", but isn't yet ready to comment on a letter from Antonio Guterres Donkees Dec 6 #34
Times of Israel: "As UN chief uses rare clause to urge truce, Israeli envoy says he 'reached a new moral low'" David__77 Dec 6 #39
I find it interesting sarisataka Dec 6 #40
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