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UK GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ENVOY VISIT TO YEMEN

UK GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ENVOY VISIT TO YEMEN

UK GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ENVOY TO YEMEN, SIR ALAN DUNCAN made a two day visit to the capital Sana’a to demonstrate the UK’s continuing support for President Hadi and the political transition, to encourage progress on the constitution drafting and elections preparations, the need to press on with economic reforms, and the funding shortfalls for  Yemen’s humanitarian appeal. Sir Alan held a number of meetings, including with President Hadi, senior ministers and officials, P5 ambassadors, and UN Special Envoy Jamal Benomar.

Speaking from Sana’a, the UK Government Special Envoy to Yemen said: ‘I am delighted to have made my first visit to Yemen since my new appointment. Yemen has seen its fair share of critical periods, but this period is particularly tense, President Hadi needs the full support of his international partners, particularly those in the Gulf.’

‘Despite the current political and security situations in Sana’a, it’s clear to me that Yemen’s continue to follow the steps laid out in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative. During my visit I have urged the Government to make sure any new political deal is in line with the GCC Initiative, and to move more quickly on drafting the new constitution and preparing for general elections. Free and fair elections are the only way a long term political settlement, decided by the people, can be made. And for those wishing to disrupt the transition, I reiterate the will of the international community to act under the mandate of UNSCR 2140 .’

‘Yemen is also at a critical time economically. With the new IMF deal secured, the government needs to keep up momentum of reform and continue to think about how it is helping those worst off. The hard reality is that fuel subsidy reform is a necessary step  if the Government is to save money for reinvestment in development.’

‘The humanitarian crisis also continues. I commend the work of UN agencies and NGOs, supported by international donors, to address humanitarian needs and again call on international donors to respond to meet the funding shortfalls. The government must also work to ensure that agencies and NGOs get the access they need.

 ‘It is clear to me that following the restructuring of the Friends of Yemen, the government and the international community are beginning to work better together to implement reforms. However much is still to be done and I look forward to discussing this with colleagues during the next Friends of Yemen meeting in New York.’