Thank you, Mr. President,
We thank the US for their work and genuine efforts in narrowing as much as possible the differences in order to respond to the urgency of the situation on the ground.
We welcomed a balanced draft which condemns the terrorist attack of Hamas and calls for the liberation of hostages; expresses sympathy for all innocent victims; reaffirms the right of the states to self-defense in compliance with the obligations under international law; calls for the protection of civilians and for humanitarian pauses and humanitarian corridors to ensure unhindered humanitarian aid to all those in need. It also welcomed the efforts of all regional and international actors to avoid a spill over and reaffirms the commitment for a political solution to the Middle East conflict.
Albania regrets the draft resolution was vetoed.
We all know, perfection is the enemy of the good.
There are times when the urgency of the matter and the complexity of the issue ask for swift action, doing the best possible under the given circumstances, even though one would have liked and hoped for more.
This draft was certainly one of those cases. Because there is a time to draw a line in order to make actions matter, have the impact we are seeking.
The US draft may not have been ideal. We supported it, as an improved and reasonable way forward at this time, at this particular moment, responding to critical issues and urgent needs, as the best possible way to condemn terror and to respond to the urgency to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian aid on the ground.
Therefore, we deeply regret that the SC was prevented to decide on a text that provided for the urgently needed humanitarian pauses and humanitarian corridors.
This veto will not help the people of Gaza;
it will not help those taken hostage;
it will not help humanitarian workers, and it will not make it easier for the UN on the ground.
While as the Security Council proves unable to take the right decisions, we know the result: Hamas and other terrorist and extremist groups will feel empowered, because there is no internationally agreed condemnation, there is no global sanction of the unacceptable.
Despite successive failures, we must not lose hope, because we cannot renounce, because this is our job and this is our responsibility.
We will continue to work, in good faith, to have the Council act on this critical issue, in a balanced and fair manner, discharge its responsibilities but also maintain its deeply affected credibility.