12/6/2023, 6:04 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UN chief invokes Article 99 over Gaza crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the United Nations Charter on Wednesday asking the Security Council to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

"We are facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system. The situation is fast deteriorating into a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians as a whole and for peace and security in the region. Such an outcome must be avoided at all cost," Guterres wrote in a letter addressed to the UN Security Council President Jose Javier de la Gasca Lopez Dominguez. "The international community has a responsibility to use all its influence to prevent further escalation and end this crisis," the UN chief stressed.

Article 99, which has not been invoked in 30 years, gives the secretary general the power to bring attention to matters that "threaten the maintenance of the international peace and security."

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