UN Security Council Fails to Agree on Statement on Palestinian Deaths

Diplomats fail to agree on the wording of a condemnation after disputing the strength of language and potential direct references to Israel.

The UN Security Council.AP

AP - The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a statement that would have deplored the deaths of Palestinians in Israeli operations following the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, told reporters he proposed the press statement after listening to a Palestinian appeal for council action, but one council member wanted stronger language and one didn't want any reference to Israel.

Diplomats said Jordan insisted that "deploring" wasn't strong enough and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said any language directly criticizing Israel would be "a red line" for the Americans. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the consultations were closed.

UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council at an earlier open meeting that the Israeli-Palestinian situation "has turned highly volatile."