UN secretary-general invokes Article 99 on Gaza

[07-12-2023 09:47 AM]

Ammon News - The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, urging the UN Security Council to act on the war in Gaza.

Guterres told the council in his letter that the war "may aggravate existing threats to international peace and security."

He invoked Article 99 of the founding U.N. Charter that allows him to "bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security."

The article has not been used for decades, U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

"We are facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system," Guterres wrote. The implications for Palestinians could be irreversible and for regional security, he said, again calling for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared.

Guterres told the Security Council in his letter that there was no effective protection of civilians and that "nowhere is safe in Gaza."


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