|Ambassador Zhang Jun Spoke on China's Position and Contribution on Yemen|
On November 22, the Security Council held an open meeting on Yemen and heard the briefings by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller. At the meeting, Ambassador Zhang Jun expounded on China's position on the Yemen issue and introduced China's contribution to the political settlement of the Yemen issue and the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
Ambassador Zhang said that there have been signs of easing in the situation of Yemen and the UN and regional countries should seize the opportunity and further encourage the Yemeni parties to bridge their differences and strive for an early resumption of comprehensive political settlement process in Yemen. China welcomes the formal signing of Riyadh Agreement on 5 November by the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council and commends Saudi Arabia and other countries for their positive role. The Yemeni parties should refrain from taking actions that would lead to escalation of tensions and should keep the momentum of political solution going. The Stockholm Agreement has been instrumental in improving the situation in Hodeidah and advancing the political process in Yemen. It behooves the Yemeni parties to demonstrate political will, stop violating the ceasefire agreement and make sure that the Hodeidah agreement is fully implemented. The Security Council should remain united and firmly support Yemen's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity and provide political support for the diplomatic effort of the UN and regional countries. Ambassadors of the P5 to Yemen had a meeting in Riyadh with Special Envoy Griffiths and General Guha, Chairman of the Redeployment Coordination Committee and reiterated their support for their work.
Ambassador Zhang said that the international community should provide tailored assistance to improving the living conditions for the Yemeni people. At present, efforts should be focused on easing Yemen's oil crisis, stabilizing the Yemeni Rial and prices, curbing cholera, supporting development and reconstruction projects and increasing employment. China has long been working to provide assistance to the Yemeni people. Recently, through the bilateral channel, China provided sport goods to the Yemeni youth. On 31 October, China and the Yemeni government signed the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement, whereby Yemen will receive 100 million RMB yuan to improve Yemen's economic and humanitarian situation. It is China's consistent position that development is effective pathway to peace and stability in countries in conflict. China stands ready to do more practical work for the benefit of the Yemeni people, participate in economic reconstruction of Yemen, boost the Yemeni people's confidence in the future and contribute constructively to the early achievement of lasting peace and stability in Yemen.