Security Council press statement on Yemen – Yemen
SC / 14671
20 OCTOBER 2021
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Martin Kimani (Kenya):
Members of the Security Council expressed their unwavering support for the United Nations Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg. They reiterated their expectation that the parties will meet with him and among themselves under the auspices of the United Nations, in good faith and without preconditions.
Members of the Security Council condemned the Houthi cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia. They highlighted the October 8 attack on King Abdullah’s airport and the drone attacks hitting the civilian Abha airport. They condemned the growing number of incidents off the coast of Yemen, including attacks on civilian and commercial vessels, which pose a significant risk to the maritime safety of ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. They stressed the need for de-escalation by all, including an immediate end to the Houthi escalation in Marib. They condemned the recruitment and use of children, as well as sexual violence, in conflict.
Security Council members demanded an immediate nationwide ceasefire, in accordance with resolution 2565 (2021), and called for the resolution of disputes through inclusive dialogue and the rejection of violence to achieve political goals. In this regard, they recalled that they welcomed the announcement made by Saudi Arabia on March 22, which was supported by the Yemeni Government. They reiterated their firm commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen. They expressed concern that the lack of progress in the peace process could be exploited by terrorists in Yemen. They called on all member states and other actors to fully comply with their obligations under the targeted arms embargo.
Members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, including those related to humanitarian access and the protection of civilians, including humanitarian and health workers and their facilities. They condemned in the strongest terms violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as well as violations of human rights. They stressed the need to ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen. They also stressed the need to avoid any action likely to cause suffering to the civilian population.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their commitment to a consensual Yemeni-led political solution and to the full, equal and meaningful participation of women, as well as the participation of young people, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the United Nations Security Declaration. United Nations. Council resolutions, including resolution 2216 (2015). They expressed clear support for the principles of inclusion and participation, including women and all political actors, established by the National Dialogue Conference.
Members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the dire humanitarian situation, including prolonged famine and the growing risk of large-scale famine, which is compounded by the dire economic situation. They called on the government of Yemen to facilitate, regularly and without delay, the entry of tankers into the port of Hudaydah and underlined the importance for all parties to ensure the free flow of fuel within the port. countries to deliver essential goods and humanitarian aid, and stressed that fuel arriving through the port of Hudaydah should not be used for personal gain or to finance the escalation of the conflict. They urged the parties to work for the stability of Hudaydah, including by cooperating with the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). They called for an end to the encirclement of Al-Abdiyah.
Members of the Security Council stressed the central role of economic collapse in the risk of famine and the need for economic reform, including better coordination of core financial activities in Yemen. They expressed deep concern over the collapse of the rial-dollar exchange rate in southern Yemen and urged the government of Yemen and its partners to consider all possible measures to strengthen the economy, including further injections. of foreign currency in the Central Bank. They recalled the serious threat posed by the oil tanker Safer, recalled the responsibility of the Houthis and looked forward to welcoming the cooperation of all parties involved to resolve the situation peacefully.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the return of the Prime Minister to Yemen and stressed the importance of helping the government to provide essential services to the Yemeni people. They expressed their strong support for the Prime Minister’s momentum for economic reform. They called on all actors to work constructively to fully implement the Riyadh Accord and enable the provision of government services to bring stability to southern Yemen. They condemned the car bomb attack targeting an official convoy in Aden.
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