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23 December - UN Security Council Statement on Yemen
The members of the Security Council welcomed the participation of Yemeni parties in peace consultations from 15-20 December 2015, held under the auspices of the United Nations. They expressed their appreciation and reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.
The members of the Security Council recalled Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2015), emphasizing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process. The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand for the full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, and reiterated their call from resolution 2216 (2015) on all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate United Nations-brokered inclusive political consultations.
The members of the Security Council commended the parties and the Special Envoy for a productive round of talks, which provided a foundation for the next phases of the peace process. They welcomed the agreement of the parties to a cessation of hostilities, expressed deep concern at the number of violations of the cessation of hostilities committed during the talks, and emphasised that the cessation of hostilities and compliance with related Security Council resolutions should lead to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. In this regard, the members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment of the parties to continue the work of the Coordination and De-escalation Committee established at the talks in order to pro-actively reduce the number of violations, and urged all parties to adhere to the cessation of hostilities and to exercise maximum restraint if violations or reports of violations emerge.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment of the parties at the talks to ensure safe, rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian aid delivery to all affected governorates including in particular Taiz, and called on the parties to respect this commitment in the future. They encouraged the parties to urgently finalise agreements on the release of all non-combatant and arbitrary detainees and to finalise agreement on a package of confidence building measures.
The members of the Security Council noted with appreciation the progress made during the talks towards a framework for negotiations based firmly on resolution 2216 (2015) and other relevant UNSC resolutions, capable of leading to an end to the conflict. In this respect, the members of the Security Council called on all Member States to support the commitment of the Yemeni parties to the political dialogue.
The members of the Security Council urged the Yemeni parties to fulfil commitments made during the talks and welcomed their commitment to a new round of talks in mid January 2016, building on the progress that has been achieved so far. They reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition. The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all violence, attempts or threats to use violence to intimidate those participating in United Nations-brokered consultations and emphasized that such action is unacceptable.
The members of the Security Council emphasized that the United Nations-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and relevant Security Council resolutions.
The members of the Security Council expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, relinquishment of all additional arms seized from military and security institutions, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015). The members of the Council recognized the importance of UN ceasefire monitoring capacity to support the process.
The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, which continues to worsen. The members of the Security Council recognised that over 80 percent of the population – 21 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and emphasised that the civilian impact of the conflict has been devastating, particularly for children and the 2.5 million internally displaced persons. The members of the Security Council expressed particular concern at the food security situation, with over seven million people suffering severe food insecurity and a doubling in the number of children under five who are acutely malnourished. They recognised that functioning markets inside Yemen are essential to address the situation, as humanitarian assistance alone cannot overcome a humanitarian crisis of this scale.
The members of the Security Council noted that the humanitarian appeal for 2015 has been 52% funded and urged the international community to contribute to the humanitarian appeal for 2016.
The members of the Security Council urged all parties to fulfil their commitments to facilitate the delivery of commercial goods, humanitarian assistance and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen, as well as urgent measures to further ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access.
They also stressed the urgent need for commercially-shipped food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies to continue to enter Yemen through all of Yemen’s ports without delay as a humanitarian imperative because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel. In that regard, they urged all parties to work with the new United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism. The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, to end the recruitment and use of children in violation of applicable international law, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen.
20 December - Final Communique on talks led by the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Yemen
18 December - Yemen Peace Talks Have Continued on their Fourth Day
17 December - Agreement on the Immediate Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance in Taizz
15 December - Peace Talks: Opening remarks of the Special Envoy for Yemen
15 December - Yemen Peace Talks Kick off today in Switzerland
15 December - UN Special Envoy for Yemen announces cessation of hostilities
7 December - Press stakeout with Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Yemen
The Secretary-General thanks President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and continues to encourage his support for a humanitarian pause, as conveyed in a letter received on 8 July.
He notes that the President has communicated his acceptance of the pause to the Coalition to ensure their support and collaboration.
The Secretary-General has received assurances through his Special Envoy from the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties that the pause will be fully respected and that there will be no violations from any combatants under their control.
The Secretary-General looks forward to the commitments of all parties to the conflict in Yemen to an unconditional humanitarian pause to start on Friday, 10 July at 23:59 (GMT + 3) until the end of Ramadan.
It is imperative and urgent that humanitarian aid can reach all vulnerable people of Yemen unimpeded and through an unconditional humanitarian pause. Full and unhindered access by humanitarian agencies to all parts of the country, including through sea and airports, should be ensured with a view to reaching people in need, including with essential medicines, vaccinations, food and water.
The Secretary-General reminds the parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and calls on all sides to contribute to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in the country.
The Secretary-General is grateful for the efforts of his Special Envoy to continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take confidence-building steps towards a durable cease-fire and develop a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015). These measures will form part of subsequent agreements which will require further consultations.
The Secretary-General encourages all parties to the conflict to extend their full cooperation and support to his Special Envoy on the way forward. The Secretary-General firmly believes that the only sustainable solution to the conflict in Yemen is through peaceful and all-inclusive political dialogue and negotiations.
AT 5 P.M. TODAY
, the Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, gave a Press Conference
on the Geneva Consultations on Yemen.
-Transcript of the Statement to the press by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on the preliminary consultations held in Geneva.
The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met tonight with members of the "Group of Sixteen plus
" to brief them on the Geneva Consultations on Yemen.
-Transcript of a Statement by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen
, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on the beginning of consultations with both parties.
- The United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, met with the delegation which arrived today from Sana'a to participate in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen.
-Photos of the meeting
, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a press stakeout
at the Palais des Nations (Door 4).
- The United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announces the start of preliminary inclusive consultations being organized under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on 15 June 2015
, which will bring together the following Yemeni political entities: the General Peoples’ Congress (GPC) and its allies; Ansar Allah and its allies; JMP and its partners, and the Peaceful Southern Hirak.
The United Nations takes this opportunity to appeal to Yemen's political actors to participate in these consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions, and in a climate of trust and mutual respect, in order to find ways to revive the political process and to reach a solution that will save Yemen and its people from the current crisis.
بيان صادر عن المبعوث الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة اسماعيل ولد الشيخ أحمد
يعلن المبعوث الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة عن بدء المشاورات الشاملة الأولية برعاية الأمم المتحدة في مقرها بمدينة جنيف يوم 15 يونيو 2015، والتي ستكون بين المكونات السياسية اليمنية ،وهي المؤتمر الشعبي العام وحلفاؤه، أنصار الله وحلفاؤهم، المشترك وشركاؤه، والحراك الجنوبي السلمي.
تغتنم الأمم المتحدة هذه الفرصة لتهيب بالمكونات السياسية اليمنية للمشاركة في هذه المشاورات بحسن نية وبدون شروط مسبقة وفي جو من الثقة والاحترام المتبادل للعمل معا على إيجاد سبل لإحياء العملية السياسية والتوصل إلى حل ينقذ اليمن وشعبه من الأزمة الحالية الخطيرة.
, the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen had made a statement to clarify that the political components participating in the Geneva consultations derive from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative and the National Dialogue Conference. In addition, President Hadi, following his consultations with the Special Envoy, has decided to send one unified delegation to the Geneva consultations.
The Special Envoy welcomes the President’s decision to send a delegation and encourages its members to participate in good faith and to seek outcomes that would lead to the alleviation of the tragic humanitarian situation in Yemen, and to put the country back on the path to a peaceful and orderly transition.
يود المبعوث الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة لليمن التوضيح بأن المكونات السياسية المشاركة في مشاورات جنيف منبثقة عن المبادرة الخليجية ومؤتمر الحوار الوطني. كما أن الرئيس هادي على إثرمشاوراته مع الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة ومبعوثه الخاص لليمن، قد قرر إرسال وفد موحد للمشاركة في مشاورات جنيف.
يرحب المبعوث الخاص بقرار الرئيس هادي بإرسال هذا الوفد ويحث أعضاء الوفد الموقر على المشاركة بحسن نيَة والسعي على التوصل إلى مخرجات من شأنها أن تؤدي إلى التخفيف من الوضع الإنساني المأساوي، وأن تعيد اليمن إلى المسار لعملية انتقالية منظمة.
The Geneva Consultations on Yemen, or Yemen Consultations, are now scheduled to begin on Monday morning
, 15 June 2015 at the Palais des Nations.
These are the first consultations to involve the different sides of the Yemeni conflict since hostilities resumed. They mark an important step as the parties embark on the road towards a settlement.
The United Nations hopes that the Consultations could create a new dynamic to build confidence between Yemeni actors and yield concrete benefits for the population, especially reduced violence and increased access to humanitarian aid and basic services.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Group of Sixteen Ambassadors on Sunday afternoon, 14 June.
The UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, will begin Consultations with the Yemen delegations on Monday morning, 15 June.
The UN Secretary-General will address the press at a stakeout on Monday morning, 15 June, after the beginning of the Consultations.
Consultations between the Special Envoy for Yemen and the parties will then remain closed for the remainder of the process. There will be no public session and no media opportunities during the talks.
The Special Envoy may give a press conference at the end of the Consultations. We will inform you accordingly if this is the case.
On Sunday afternoon, there will be photo opportunities for visual media of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Group of Sixteen Ambassadors.
A planning for the media will take place on Sunday afternoon, 14 June 2015, in Room III, Building C at 13:00, when we expect to have more information on the timing and location of photo opportunities on Sunday and Monday.
Access to the Palais
Members of the press specifically accredited to cover the Yemen Consultations can pick up their badges at Security (Pregny Gate) from Sunday 14 June 2015, starting at 09:00 and until 18:00.
Please check here for regular updates.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on 6 June the readiness of President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi of Yemen to send a delegation to participate in United Nations-facilitated Yemeni-Yemeni consultations in Geneva, set to start on 14 June. The Secretary-General is equally pleased that delegations of Yemeni parties from the capital, Sana'a, have communicated their commitment to attend the consultations to the UN Special Envoy.
The Secretary-General reiterated his urgent call on all Yemeni parties to engage in these consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions in the interest of all Yemeni people, and hopes that the meeting in Geneva will restart a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process based on relevant Security Council resolutions. For the consultations to succeed, the Secretary-General also appealed to all countries concerned to create a conducive political environment.
On 25 April, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as his new Special Envoy for Yemen. Since his appointment, the Special Envoy has been engaging with the Yemeni parties, regional countries, Security Council members and other member states with the aim to prepare the ground for a cessation of hostilities by all parties and a resumption of the political transition process towards a more peaceful, stable and democratic country.
Inclusive consultations among Yemeni governmental and other actors were due to start on 28 May in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. Nevertheless, on 26 May the Secretary-General asked his Special Envoy to Yemen to postpone the consultations in Geneva following a request from the Government of Yemen and other key stakeholders. The Secretary-General instructed his Special Envoy to redouble his efforts to consult with the Yemeni Government, Yemen’s political groupings and countries in the region with the aim of producing a comprehensive ceasefire and the resumption of peaceful dialogue and an orderly political transition.
The Geneva initiative, aimed at bringing together a broad range of Yemeni governmental and other actors, followed extensive consultations by the Special Envoy as well as strong expressions of support by various Security Council resolutions, including 2216
(2015), for a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process based on the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism and the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference.