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UN Security Council Press Elements on Yemen, April 17, 2020

17.04.2020 - Speech

The members of the Security Council endorsed the Secretary-General’s call of 25 March for those fighting in Yemen to immediately cease hostilities, focus on reaching a negotiated political settlement, and to do everything possible to counter an outbreak of COVID-19, and voiced concerns about the ongoing hostilities.

They welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, of a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen in support of the United Nations peace process and the Secretary-General’s call.  They welcomed the Government of Yemen’s positive response to the ceasefire call, and called on the Houthis to make similar commitments without delay.

The Members of the Security Council called on the Houthis and Government of Yemen to engage constructively with Special Envoy Martin Griffiths’s proposals for a nationwide ceasefire, confidence building measures, and the restart of the political process, with a view to reaching agreement on these as soon as possible. 

They underlined the vital importance of humanitarian and economic measures and access to those in need to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, which are especially important in light of  the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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