UN: The events in Aden should not lead to further instability in Yemen

New York (Debriefer)
2019-08-15 | Since 4 Month

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

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The United Nations said it was closely following developments on the ground in the southern city of Aden following recent events, in reference to United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists take control of the city, which is being taken by the internationally recognized Yemeni government as the country's temporary capital.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, during a press conference late on Tuesday evening, expressed concern the UN about the recent developments in Aden, especially the impact of violence on civilians.

"We are closely following the developments on the ground in Aden. We are particularly concerned by the impact of the violence on civilians. According to the United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, preliminary reports indicate that as many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured", Dujarric said.

He stated: "We continue to urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to adhere to international humanitarian law and international human rights law. We welcome the initiative by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to convene a meeting in Jeddah between the relevant stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue."

"It is critical that all parties work to ensure that the events of the past days do not lead to further instability in Aden or elsewhere in Yemen. We emphasize that the conflict in Yemen can only be resolved through an inclusive political process.", he added.

Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence in the south, backed by the UAE that helped the STC establishment in May 2017 to consist of bodies calling for separation, but also trained and armed local forces under STC command.

In January 2018, the STC led a failed coup against the Yemeni legitimate government.

The Council claims to be representative for Yemeni southerners and seeks to impose control over all the south, but it is not fully supported by people there.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group (Ansar Allah) group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.



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