UN Security Council Press Elements on Yemen, May 14, 2020

14.05.2020 - Speech

The members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, and Acting Assistant Secretary General Ramesh Rajasingham on the political and the dire humanitarian situation due to COVID-19.

The members of the Security Council reiterated support for the 25 March Secretary General COVID-19 call for a Yemen ceasefire, and welcomed the ceasefire of the ‘Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen’, urging Houthi reciprocation.

They expressed concern about hostilities between the Government of Yemen and the Houthis. They emphasised their steadfast support for the Special Envoy and his efforts to reach agreement on a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures, and the resumption of an inclusive political process. They expressed concern at the slow pace of negotiations on these proposals.

They further called on the Government of Yemen and Southern Transitional Council (STC) to deescalate military tensions and engage under the Riyadh Agreement, and expressed appreciation for Saudi mediation. They called on the STC to reverse any actions challenging the legitimacy, sovereignty, unity or territorial integrity of Yemen, including the diversion of revenues.

Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 they reiterated that full access into and within Yemen for international aid workers, medicine, and medical supplies must be ensured.

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