Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at an open VTC of UNSC members on the situation in Yemen
We thank Martin Griffiths for his briefing on the situation in Yemen and steps taken to resume the negotiation process. We also thank Mark Lowcock for sharing his assessments of the humanitarian situation in the country, and Chair of the 2140 Sanctions Committee Rhonda King for presenting a review of activity of this subsidiary body.
We reiterate our unfailing support for the efforts of the Special Envoy. We note the need to galvanize those efforts, as the confrontation in Yemen steps up. We are concerned over the escalation in Marib Governorate and in other parts of Yemen, and condemn the intensifying attacks against the territory of Saudi Arabia, in particular the Abha airport. We call on all actors to stop shooting and launch a negotiation process under the UN auspices. Armed action must stop, and in parallel to this confidence-building measures need to be taken in the political, military, and civilian areas. Such measures would help improve the dire humanitarian situation of the population. It is important to continue fighting terrorists who make use of the protracted conflict to sustain their positions in Yemen and beyond its borders.
We welcome the efforts of M.Griffiths aimed at creating a constructive environment for the Yemeni political settlement and building trust at the regional level. In our contacts with both Yemenis and regional actors, we will encourage the search for compromise solutions. We welcome the decision of the US Administration to reconsider their prior decision to add "Ansar Allah” on the lists of foreign terrorist organizations.
To support the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement of 5 November 2019, which was designed to normalize the situation in the south of Yemen, on 18 December 2020 a new coalition government was formed where representatives of the southern regions for the first time received a considerable part of ministerial posts.
We hope that implementation of the mentioned agreements will enhance public security, let focus on solving urgent socio-economic and humanitarian problems in this part of Yemen. We also stand for practical implementation of the Riyadh provisions addressing the launch of negotiations of a consolidated delegation of official Yemeni authorities and Southern Transition Council with the leadership of “Ansar Allah” on issues of future political structure of Yemen.
We support the efforts taken by UNMHA to support the Stockholm Agreement that should promote comprehensive settlement.
Huge humanitarian problems in Yemen need urgent solution, e.g. prevention of hunger and diseases, including the coronavirus. In this context, we call on the donors, i.a. from the region, to enhance the required financial support for UN programs providing basic assistance, including those ensuring food security of the population, access to clean water and medical services. Humanitarian assistance for Yemen must be distributed on a non-discriminatory basis among the entire population of the country. We call to reject unilateral steps both inside and outside Yemen that hinder the work of humanitarians. We are convinced that the problem of SAFIR tanker can and should be solved under the UN mediation.
We underscore that political settlement in Yemen would make a big contribution to de-escalation in this sub-region. We invite our colleagues to cooperation at this track, i.a. on the basis of UNSC resolution 598 and the Russian collective security concept.