NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8 – The UN Security Council received today a deeply worrying briefing by Under Secretary General for humanitarian affairs Mark Lowcock: “If there is not the immediate resumption of the humanitarian and commercial access to Yemen, the country will go through the largest famine the world has seen in decades, with millions of victims”, Lowcock said, after briefing the Council behind closed doors.
The members of the Council expressed concern about the “dire humanitarian situation”, with 6.8 million people threatened with famine and suspected cholera cases at over 900,000. The Council demanded that the Saudi-led coalition “keep Yemen’s air and sea ports open to aid deliveries”, Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who holds the council presidency, told reporters after the meeting.
The members of the Security Council emphasized the importance of the full implementation of the Presidential Statement of 15 June, particularly the importance of keeping all Yemen’s ports and airports functioning, including Hodeidah port, as a critical lifeline for humanitarian support and other essential supplies. They reiterated their full support for the UN verification and inspection mechanism, Cardi said.
They also strongly condemned Saturday’s attempted missile attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which deliberately targeted a civilian area and was intercepted over an international airport. The members of the Security Council recalled that the provision of weapons to the Houthis and forces allied to former President Saleh contravened resolution 2216.
A political solution as the only way to end the conflict in Yemen and reaffirmed the need for all parties to engage meaningfully with the UN Special Envoy’s proposals for peace, and to make progress towards a ceasefire and resolution of the conflict, Cardi said in his statement to the press after the meeting. (@OnuItalia)