Political Analysis

UN Security Council Issues Fresh Statement on YEMEN

National Yemen
The UNSC Round Table Meeting On YEMEN
Written by Fakhri Al-Arashi
National Yemen

The UNSC Round Table Meeting On Yemen

At the 7676th meeting of the Security Council, held on 18 April 2016, in connection with ‘The Situation in the Middle East’, the President of the Security Council made the following statement:

1. The Security Council recalls its resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015), 2204 (2015), 2216 (2015), and 2266 (2016) and presidential statements of 15 February 2013, 29 August 2014, and 22 March 2015.

2. The Security Council recalls that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions provide the basis for inclusive
negotiations for a political settlement of the crisis in Yemen.

3. The Security Council welcomes the commencement of a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Yemen which began at midnight on 10 April 2016, and the launch of Yemeni-Yemeni peace talks, hosted by Kuwait, led and facilitated by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, which commenced on 21 April. The Council urges the parties to comply fully with the cessation of hostilities and exercise restraint in response to any reports of violations.
The Council welcomes the establishment of a De-escalation and Coordination Committee in Kuwait to bolster adherence to the nationwide cessation of hostilities, and calls on the parties to work with the De-escalation and Coordination Committee to resolve any reports of violations to the cessation of hostilities. Furthermore, the Council reiterates its call to all parties to engage in peace talks in a flexible and constructive manner without preconditions, and in good faith.

4. The Security Council further notes the importance of reaching agreement on a
framework of principles, mechanisms and processes for the conclusion of a
comprehensive agreement which will bring about a permanent end to the conflict.

5. The Security Council also calls on all Yemeni parties to develop a roadmap for the implementation of interim security measures, especially at the local level,
withdrawals, handover of heavy weapons, restoration of state institutions, and the resumption of political dialogue in line with relevant Security Council decisions, the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, and the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference.

6. The Security Council notes that in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015) and the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, the Parties should commit to ensure that security mechanisms, including the formation of security committees, facilitate and oversee the negotiated withdrawal of militias and
armed groups and provide for the orderly handover of heavy and medium weapons to state control.

7. The Security Council recalls the importance of the full participation of women and civil society in the peace process (including on security arrangements), in line with the outcomes of the National Dialogue conference.