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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Yemen


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Hardeep Singh Puri ( India):

On 9 August the members of the Security Council heard a briefing on the situation in Yemen.

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern at the serious deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen. They were deeply concerned at the worsening security situation, including the threat from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The members of the Security Council urged parties to ensure access for the provision of humanitarian assistance, expressed their concern about the increasing interruption of basic supplies, and urged all parties not to target vital infrastructure.

The members of the Security Council urged all sides in Yemen to reject violence and show maximum restraint. They called upon all the parties to respect their obligations under applicable international law.

The members of the Security Council also called on all parties to move forward urgently an inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led process of political transition that meets the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people for change. They noted inter-Yemeni efforts in this regard, for which the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] initiative continues to be important.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the efforts of the good offices of the Secretary-General through Special Adviser Jamal Benomar, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. They looked forward to further updates on the situation in Yemen and agreed to continue to actively monitor the security, political and humanitarian situation there.

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