Tuesday, April 14, 2015

UN imposes arms embargo on Yemen rebels. Russia abstained.

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution on Yemen, imposing an arms embargo on the Houthi rebels.
The 15-member council passed the resolution on Tuesday, with 14 countries voting in favour while one - Russia - abstained.

Russia, one of the five permanent members of the Secuirty Council, said the embargo should have been imposed on the whole country.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN, said the resolution was not fully in line with the requirements which were put forward to the international community.

"The adopted resolution should not be used for further escalation of the armed conflict which could have the most difficult consequences for Yemen itself as well as the whole region," said Churkin. "There is no alternative to a political solution to the conflict in Yemen."

He said Russia's "constructive proposals" were not taken into account during the drafting of the agreement.

Samantha Power, US envoy to the UN, said her country strongly supported the resolution as it "shows that the Security Council will take action against those who continue to undermine the efforts to the reconciliation".

She also said that "a legitimate transition in Yemen can only be achieved through political negotiations and a concensus agreement among all political parties based on the [Gulf Cooperation Council] GCC initiative and the outcomes of Yemen's national dialogue conference".

Khaled Alyemany, Yemen's ambassador to the UN, thanked the Security Council for the adoption of the resolution, saying his country would never forget the help and would remain forever grateful...[aljazeera.com]

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  1. Zarif Lands in Madrid, Renews Calls for Halt of Saudi-led Aggression on Yemen...

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Spanish capital early on Tuesday for a day long visit.

    Zarif is visiting Madrid at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

    He laid out a four-point plan to resolve the conflict in Yemen, reaffirming his opposition to Saudi-led air strikes against the Yemeni army and people. The trip to Spain aims at reviewing ways to expand bilateral cooperation.

    At a joint news conference with his counterpart in Madrid, Zarif also proposed a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, an intra-Yemeni dialogue, and a broad-based government to end the conflict......almanar.com.lb


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