Iran Deplores UNSC’s Politically Motivated Resolution on Yemen

Iran Deplores UNSC’s Politically Motivated Resolution on Yemen

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry denounced as politically motivated a resolution that the UN Security Council has adopted about Yemen, saying it runs counter to the efforts at the resumption of political processes for peace in the Arab country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Monday’s resolution passed by the UNSC about Yemen and the language of the resolution are affected by political considerations and the lobby of members of the military coalition that has attacked Yemen.  

He said the resolution runs counter to the efforts at the resumption of a political process, noting that such move will have negative impacts on the road to peace and aggravates the divergence between the stances of the warring parties.

Since the outbreak of war on Yemen, the UN Security Council has adopted a biased and unreal view under the influence of the real sponsors of aggression against Yemen, he deplored, saying such stances have not relieved the crisis, but, quite the contrary, have resulted in the continuation and prolongation of the century’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

Since the Saudi-led military coalition’s crimes during seven years of cruel war on Yemen have gone unnoticed and as the UN Security Council has broken away from its inherent duty, the world has witnessed “systematic and serious violation of international humanitarian law, massacre of civilians, widespread destruction of civilian infrastructures, and illegal blockade on the (Yemeni) ports and airports” while the international community has remained silent, the Iranian spokesman added.

Khatibzadeh finally warned that the continuation of such approach will make the achievement of sustainable and fair peace harder and more complicated.

On Monday, the UN Security Council extended an arms embargo to all Houthi forces of Yemen.

The resolution, proposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and adopted with 11 votes in favor and four abstentions, extends an embargo that until now targeted some Houthi leaders to the entire group.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

The Yemeni Ministry of Public Health stated that in January alone, coalition airstrikes killed at least 150 civilians and injured a further 350.

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