Yemeni government welcomes UN Security Council statement

ADEN, 19th June, 2017 (WAM) -- The Government of Yemen has welcomed the statement of the United Nations, UN, Security Council, issued on 15th June, 2017, about the conditions in Yemen, despite some misgivings with certain important points in the statement that need to be discussed and clarified.

The official Yemeni news agency, reported a statement from a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that the Security Council statement is positive overall, even though it only fulfils the minimum requirements of the current phase of implementing an international resolution to restore peace and security in Yemen, and to end the war that was started by the coup supporters, and reduce the suffering of the Yemeni people.

He added that the Yemeni government was expecting a stronger statement so the coup supporters would not misinterpret it. Therefore, they could not avoid fulfilling their commitments towards the international community, especially after attacking the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, he further added.

He reiterated that the Yemeni government has welcomed the confirmation of the Security Council of three peace initiatives, including the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanisms, and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and UN-backed resolutions, especially Resolution No. 2216.

The Yemeni government also welcomed and approved the suggestions of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN envoy to Yemen, concerning the port city of Hodeidah and the process of supplying resources and paying salaries approved by the Yemeni government at an earlier time, according to a document mentioned in the presidential statement.

He highlighted that the handover of Hodaidah by coup supporters is the starting point of regaining confidence and initiating the peace process, as well as avoiding the continuing war and committing to international resolutions.

He added that he expected the statement to include a clearer note about the positive stance of the Yemeni government, as well as its co-operation during the previous period with the UN envoy, its desire to achieve peace, and its responsible role with international and humanitarian organisations, to address the humanitarian situation, especially with the emergence of deadly diseases such as Cholera.

The source welcomed the call to prohibit the supply of weapons to coup supporters, which will extend the war and stop the peace process, as well as the call to stop their attacks on Saudi Arabia, in accordance with the Security Council’s resolutions condemning the attacks by Houthis militias, notably Resolution No. 2216.

[Image caption: A young boy runs with his tyre past buildings damaged by airstrikes in Saada Old Town. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA]