UNSC hails Riyadh pact as key step to solve Yemeni crisis

New York (Debriefer)
2019-11-07 | Since 8 Month

The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the deal signed Tuesday by the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The Riyadh Agreement is a "positive and important step towards a comprehensive and inclusive political solution for Yemen," the UNSC said in a press release.

The council reiterated full support for the UN especial envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, "to work with the Yemeni parties to pave the way for the resumption of all-inclusive negotiations, without delay, on the security and political arrangements necessary to end the conflict and move toward a peaceful transition."

The UNSC fully supports a "negotiated political settlement that engages all parties to solve differences and address the legitimate concerns of all Yemenis," in accordance with the UNSC relevant resolutions, the release read.

The members reiterated their call on the parties to continue broader implementation of Stockholm Agreement, and their strong commitment to Yemen's unity and territorial independence and integrity.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government and the STC inked the Riyadh pact, in a bid to end conflict between the two parties, following infighting that led to STC's seizure of Aden last August.

In addition to its main provisions, the pact includes appendices for political and economic, military, and security arrangements.

Under the pact, the official government would return to Aden within 7 days, all military forces would be reorganized under the defense and interior ministries, and a 24-minister technocrat political government would be formed and equally shared by northern and southern provinces.

The deal also provides for STC's involvement into the government negotiations on an ultimate political solution.

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

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