Albanian politician, Tritan Shehu, has publicly voiced his criticism of Albania's recent vote at the United Nations, labeling the decision as a 'historical mistake.' This criticism comes in light of the country's vote on a resolution proposed by Russia, which advocated for a 'humanitarian ceasefire' in Gaza and the release of 'all hostages.' The resolution failed to secure sufficient votes for adoption by the 15-member UN Security Council.
Albania's Stance Contrary to U.S. Position
The resolution's failure was primarily due to its lack of mention of Hamas and the failure to condemn the group's recent attack on Israel. The United States, United Kingdom, France, and Japan voted against the resolution, while countries including Albania abstained, causing a stir given Albania's typically aligned stance with the U.S. on international matters.
Russia's Resolution and Opposition
The resolution expressed 'grave concern' about the increasing violence and the worsening situation, particularly the resulting heavy civilian casualties. It underscored the need for protection for both populations and voiced serious concern over the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, expressed disappointment at the Security Council's inability to take steps to halt the bloodshed.
U.S.'s Criticism of Russia's Resolution
On the other hand, Linda Thomas Greenfield, the U.S.' permanent representative to the UN, criticized Russia for failing to condemn Hamas, stating, 'Russia is giving cover to a terrorist group that brutalizes innocent civilians. It is outrageous, it is hypocritical, and it is indefensible.' Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE's envoy, who voted for Russia's resolution, reiterated her country's condemnation of the murder of innocent Israeli civilians and the taking hostage of children.
Shehu's Criticism Indicates Discord
Shehu's criticism of Albania's abstention suggests a rare instance of discord between Albania and one of its key allies on a significant diplomatic stage. It also raises questions about the future of Albania's foreign policy and its alignment with the United States.