Security Council Press Statement on Yemen (12 September 2022) – Yemen

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Nicolas de Rivière (France):

Members of the Security Council highlighted the tangible benefits of the truce for the Yemeni people, including a 60 per cent reduction in the number of casualties, a quadrupling of fuel through the port of Hudaydah, and commercial flights from Sanaa allowing 21,000 passengers to receive medical care and join families. They called on both sides to urgently step up and show flexibility in negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations to agree a broader truce that could result in a lasting ceasefire. They urged both parties to intensify engagement with the Special Envoy on all aspects of the negotiations, to avoid conditionality and to ensure that their economic experts work closely with the United Nations, in order to implement measures to deal with the economic and financial crises, in particular to identify a solution to pay the salaries of civil servants.

Members of the Security Council welcomed the exceptional measures taken by the Yemeni government to avoid fuel shortages in Houthi-controlled areas following a Houthi order that affected the established process for the clearance of tankers . They called on the Houthis to refrain from such actions in the future and to cooperate with UN-led efforts to find a lasting solution to secure fuel supplies.

Members of the Security Council condemned all attacks that threatened to derail the truce, including, among others, the recent Houthi attacks on Taiz. They reiterated that there is no military solution for Yemen and condemned the recent military parade in Hudaydah. They called for an end to all forms of visible military demonstrations in violation of the Hudaydah agreement. They expressed concern about the recent instability in southern Yemen and noted with concern the increase in the number of civilian casualties caused by landmines. They recalled the parties’ obligations under international humanitarian law and the need to respect human rights, including the protection of civilians, especially children. They expressed concern over the lack of progress in opening the Taiz roads, in line with recent UN proposals, and reiterated their call on the Houthis to show flexibility in the negotiations and immediately open the main roads in Taiz.

Members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the UN Special Envoy and expressed their determination that an expanded truce agreement provides an opportunity to achieve an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement based on the agreed benchmarks. and under the auspices of the United Nations. They recalled the importance of the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in the peace process, including a minimum participation of 30% of women.

The members of the Security Council underlined the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the continuing risk of famine, and they encouraged donors to fully fund the United Nations humanitarian response plan and to support the efforts of the Government of Yemen to stabilize the economy. They noted the insufficient funds to allow the operation of the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen beyond 30 September and recalled the key role played by the Mechanism in facilitating commercial imports, including basic necessities, in the ports of Yemen.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their deep concern over the catastrophic ecological, maritime and humanitarian risk posed by the oil tanker Safer. They welcomed the pledges to contribute to the UN operational plan for the Safer tanker from Member States as well as the private sector. They called for the disbursement of pledges and called on other Member States and private sector donors to scale up and fund the plan to avert humanitarian, environmental, maritime and economic catastrophe. They stressed that they hoped the UN would be ready, on the first day after reaching the funding goal, to begin the oil transfer operation immediately.

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