Political Analysis

UNHCR and EU Conference Discusses Refugees

The 2011 UNHCR press conference, held Saturday in the Sheba Hotel, co-sponsored by the European Commission was chaired by the UN High Commissioner António Guterres and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva.

The UNHCR, as one of Yemen’s leading humanitarian organizations and the EU, one of Yemen’s leading international donors set the foundations for closer coordination in their efforts to provide a better reception for asylum seekers arriving in Yemen.

High Commissioner Antonio Guterres stressed that humanitarian aid based on need acted as an important instrument to build confidence and consolidate peace among communities in conflict zones.

Overcoming obstacles to access and indiscriminate distribution will be the primary focus of the joint UNHCR-EC mission, he claimed. During their three day visit both sides plan to engage with Yemeni authorities and al-Houthi representatives to secure safer and broader humanitarian access in all areas in the North of the country.