There is no military solution for Yemen crises, UNSC says
The UN Security Council has reiterated that there is no military solution for ending the Saudi-led war on Yemen, urging warring parties to intensify negotiations toward expanding a UN-brokered truce into a “durable ceasefire.”
The UN statement, issued on Monday, called on both parties to “urgently intensify and be flexible in the negotiations, eschew conditionality,” and agree on “an expanded truce that could be translated into a durable ceasefire.”
“An expanded truce agreement will provide an opportunity to reach an inclusive, comprehensive political settlement based on the agreed references and under the auspices of the United Nations,” the statement read.
The members of the Security Council “condemned all attacks that threatened to derail the truce” and stated that “there is no military solution for Yemen.”
The UN-brokered truce between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has been extended twice since April.
According to the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, the latest extension, from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach a wider truce agreement as soon as possible.
In their recent statement, members of the Security Council said that the truce resulted in a 60-percent reduction in casualties, quadrupling of fuel through Hudaydah port, and the start of commercial flights from Sana’a allowing 21,000 passengers to receive medical treatment and unite with their families.
Yemen has, however, reported many violations since the truce had gone into effect, including the seizure of several Yemen-bound fuel ships in violation of the truce despite the fact that the ships had been inspected and cleared for the port call by the United Nations.
Essam al-Mutawakil, a spokesman for the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC), said on Monday that the coalition impounded another fuel-carrying ship called “Rudubi.”
The Yemeni government maintains that coalition forces violate the UN-brokered truce nearly on a daily basis by conducting flight operations with spy drones and warplanes over Yemeni provinces and firing on the homes of citizens and the position of the Yemeni armed forces.