|Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Zhang Jun at the UN Security Council on the Resolution on Yemen Sanctions|
Since the beginning of this year, the situation in Yemen has kept deteriorating. Conflicts and confrontations intensified and hostilities saw an upward spiral. China is deeply concerned about that. We condemn all attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, call for an immediate stop to the cross-border attacks on and security threats to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and support the UAE and Saudi Arabia in their efforts to defend their national security.
Using the opportunity of sanction renewal, and given the new developments in the situation, the Security Council just updated relevant sanction measures and the mandate of the Panel of Experts. China's position on the issue of sanction has always been consistent. We will keep a close eye on the impacts of sanction measures. We hope that this resolution is conducive to facilitating all parties to the conflicts to renounce the military option and actively support the mediation efforts of the Special Envoy, so as to return to the right track of political negotiation as soon as possible. China supports the Special Envoy in continuing his work proactively and keeping engagement with all parties to promote the Yemeni peace process. At the same time, the UN and other agencies should continue humanitarian assistance across Yemen to alleviate the suffering of its people. We would like to reiterate that the Panel of Experts should conduct its work strictly in accordance with its mandate by the Security Council, uphold objectivity and impartiality, and provide information that is accurate and neutral.
Thank you, Mr. President.