Riyadh rejects mandate to UN experts over favoritism for Houthis

2021-09-16 | Since 1 Month

Geneva (Debriefer) Saudi Arabia on Tuesday expressed rejection to new mandate for the UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, as the experts issue "politicized, misleading reports [extracted] from unreliable sources" that further deepen crisis in the war-torn country.
Riyadh believes that Yemen's solution should be Yemeni-Yemeni in the first place, Saudi permanent representative to Geneva said at an interactive debate on the UN experts' briefing.
The solution needs to be based on relevant regional and international initiatives, including the Saudi recent plan to cease fire and resume dialogue, but not on "politicized interventions and misleading reports that lead to deepened crisis," Abdul Aziz al-Wasil added, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The Kingdom rejects mandate of this group and does not recognize the politicized reports it issues and outputs it concluded through biased tools and from unreliable sources, the Saudi official said, as the "group's practices and reports undoubtedly indicate partiality."
While Saudi Arabia was attacked by Houthi missiles that targeted civilians and vital infrastructure, the UN group said these attacks were of military nature, he added.
By biasedly reporting in favor of them and ignoring the reference to the UNSC (2216) in all its reports, the group emboldens the Houthis to continue their coup, Wasil said, calling on the Human Rights Council and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to hold the group accountable.
Last Wednesday, the UN expert group released their fourth report holding all the parties to Yemen's conflict, including Saudi Arabia, responsible for human rights abuses and acts amounting to war crimes.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia carried out some 23,000 air strikes and killed or injured 18,000 civilians in Yemen, the group said in their 'Forgotten nation: Call on humanity to end Yemen's suffering' report.


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