Yemeni government urges UNSC to take firm actions on situation in Hodeidah

NEW YORK, The Yemeni government has called on the UN Security Council to exert more political pressure on the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

“Peace will not be achieved only by expressing support for the efforts of the UN envoy to start the dialogue, but with more political pressure on the Houthi militias,” said Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN, while reading Yemen’s statement before the Security Council at the open meeting held on Yemen.

The Yemeni government stressed that the continued access of these militias to strategic areas in Yemen, from which attacks on international shipping lines are being launched, requires a firm stand by the Security Council.

“The recent attack on the Saudi National Shipping Company’s two tankers and the planting of hundreds of naval mines targeting Yemeni ships and fishermen and harming the marine environment is just one example,” Bin Mubarak added.

Any discussions that are not based on putting an end to the coup, implementing relevant international resolutions and empowering the legitimate government to assume their responsibilities towards all the people of Yemen across the entire country, are mere futile discussions that will further complicate the current situation, he indicated.

Bin Mubarak underlined the need to give priority to confidence-building measures, previously agreed upon in Geneva, with a special focus to be laid on the humanitarian aspects of the crisis, including the release of detainees and prisoners and ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid without interference or obstruction by the militias that are rather “blocking the influx of aid, using international assistance for their military purposes, and planting mines across Yemeni territories in a crime that confirms the Iran-backed militia’s disregard of Yemeni people’s future.”

“Any efforts made by the United Nations through its Special Envoy must respect the constitutional powers and legitimacy of the Yemeni government and its right to administer its institutions and governorates without exception in accordance with the law. Otherwise, any such efforts are considered a violation of international norms, rather constituting a means to empower the militias in their crimes against the Yemeni people.

Source: Emirates News Agency