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Security Council diplomat to ToI: Wording of joint statement was not reason why US opposed

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to reporters during a news conference at United Nations headquarters, March 1, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to reporters during a news conference at United Nations headquarters, March 1, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

NEW YORK — A Security Council diplomat tells The Times of Israel that the wording of the joint statement from the top UN body — which called for a ceasefire, but failed to condemn Hamas rocket fire — was not what led to the US mission’s decision to block the measure.

“They told us they could not support an expression from the council at this time,” the diplomat says.

After blocking the passage of a UN Security Council joint statement on the escalation in Gaza, an official at the US mission suggested to The Times of Israel that the UN’s statement would not have helped its own efforts to broker a ceasefire.

“As we have communicated consistently to council members over the last week, the US is engaging in intense diplomatic efforts at the highest levels to try to bring an end to this conflict. The US has a role in ensuring any council statement supports these efforts,” the official said earlier this evening.

“We are continuing to focus on crucial diplomatic efforts underway in the region, in Washington and in New York to develop a pathway to de-escalation and remain prepared to lend our support and good offices should the parties seek a ceasefire,” the official added.

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