Remarks by the Political Coordinator Arian Spasse at the Security Council meeting on Middle East (Yemen)

22 November 2022

Thank you, Mme. President,

Thank you, Special Envoy Grundberg, for the information provided and thank you Assistant Secretary-General Ghelani for the clear introduction on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Let me reaffirm Albania’s full support for the relentless efforts of Special Envoy towards a political process in Yemen. I also welcome the presence of the Representative of the Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Mme. President,

We support all the international efforts to achieve the renewal of the Truce as the best way to provide the Yemeni people with the hope to live in peace and security, and leave behind the dark days of fighting and conflict. In this respect, we appreciate the sincere engagement of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, and other regional actors in facilitating these efforts.

Although there’s been no serious deterioration of the situation on the ground since the expiration of the Truce, insecurity and uncertainty have increased, and the fear for further escalation is vivid among the Yemeni people. Therefore, we call for the parties to exercise full restraint and engage constructively in the talks to go back to the Truce renewal and, in a broader perspective, to restore the political process.

We have said it before and would like to reiterate: there’s no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. The international community and the Security Council should continue with their support for a Yemeni led and Yemeni owned political process facilitated by the United Nations. Therefore, the unity of the Security Council in this regard is crucial, while the political process must be timely and inclusive, with the meaningful participation of women and youth.

Peace can be restored through efforts in good faith and with trust. We call on the Houthis to refrain from their maximized requests and work constructively. Peace and security concern all Yemenis.

The recent attacks on Tais and clashes in Marib, and other Government controlled areas will only get the country away from Truce, throw it back to fighting with all the dire consequences for civilians, including children. Respect for International Humanitarian Law is an obligation. Let me also reiterate, Albania’s strong condemnation for the Houthis terrorist attacks on civilian ports and call on them to stop with acts that exacerbate the sufferings of the Yemeni people.

Mme. President,

We remain deeply worried by the worsening of humanitarian situation in Yemen and on the continued shrinking space for humanitarian workers in the country. We call on all the parties to avoid their interference with the humanitarian work in Yemen. They must conduct their work in a free manner without any hindrance and with full access in all the areas. All the parties must guarantee the security for the humanitarian workers.

We will continue to seek clarity for the unknown situation of the UN, NGO staff and other civilians abducted by armed groups, as well as for the Yemenis employed by the US embassy who continue to be incarcerated. We call for their immediate release.

Mme. President,

I would also like to join others in expressing concern for the increasing number of incidents, affecting mainly children, caused by the landmines in Yemen. The situation must be addressed as soon as possible and all the UN efforts in this regard are strongly welcomed.

Let me conclude by reiterating the importance of the full implementation of the SC Resolution 2216 on Yemen. We are deeply worried that the sanctions regime on Yemen is reportedly violated. The interception of a stateless boat carrying more than 170 tons of urea fertilizer and ammonium perchlorate of Iranian shipment is yet another clear testimony of the continued obstructive activities of Iran in Yemen. While the international community, including this Council, is actively engaged for peace in Yemen, it must not tolerate such destructive behaviors.

Thank you!

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