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Remarks of Ambassador Geng Shuang at Security Council Briefing on Yemen

2021-10-14 10:27

Thank you, Mr President,

I listened to the briefings attentively. Recently, hostilities have escalated between the parties to the conflict in Yemen. China is deeply concerned about this, and urges all parties to immediately cease fire and stop the violence, especially to bring in early end to the fighting in Marib. The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia has written to the President of the Council twice lately to inform him of the attacks on the King Abdullah airport on 8 October and on Abha International Airport on 6 October. China condemns all attacks on civilians and civilian installations, and urges all parties to abide by international humanitarian law and protect civilians, in particular women, children and other vulnerable groups.

On September 28, the Yemeni Prime Minister and other senior officials returned to Aden, which China welcomes and supports the Yemeni government’s active administration in Aden. All parties concerned should fully implement the Riyadh Agreement, uphold security and stability in Aden, and create favorable conditions for the government to take measures to improve economy and people's livelihoods. I hope that the Yemeni Government will make full use of the SDR from the IMF and humanitarian assistance from the international community to stabilize the value of the currency, reduce the cost of living, and ensure basic services.

Mitigating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is a common task facing the international community. China welcomes the holding of the humanitarian pledging event for Yemen during the high-level week of the General Assembly last month. We hope the donor countries will disperse their pledges as soon as possible to sustain the UN humanitarian relief projects in Yemen. The international community has provided massive amounts of humanitarian supplies to Yemen, and all parties in Yemen should ensure humanitarian access and delivery of humanitarian supplies to the people in need. All parties should also maintain the operation of ports to ensure that food, oil and other commodities import channels are open to meet the basic needs of the people.

Mr. President,

Special Envoy Grundberg, since taking office, has been actively engaging with all parties in Yemen, visiting various regional countries and exemplifying an approach of positive pragmatism, which China appreciates. We encourage the Special Envoy to continue his in-depth discussions with the parties to promote dialogue between the Government of Yemen and the Houthis and to present a roadmap for the peace process to give impetus to the settlement of the Yemeni issue. We call on all parties to receive the Special Envoy’s visit unconditionally, exchange views with him in a frank and constructive manner, and work together to find a political solution that addresses the concerns of all parties. The Special Envoy may wish to start with solving specific issues such as humanitarian flights of Sana’a Airport and Safer tanker to promote the gradual restoration of mutual trust between the parties. The solution to the Yemeni issue cannot be achieved without the cooperation of the regional countries. It serves the common interests of regional countries to restore peace and order in Yemen. China calls on all parties with influence to scale up their efforts to promote talks for peace, and play a more active role.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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