UN Security Council welcomes Saudi initiative to end Yemeni crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21, 2019 (Xinhua) — Photo taken on Sept. 20, 2019 shows the United Nations Security Council holding a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, at the UN headquarters in New York. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Friday deplored the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as continued violence in Gaza. The expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, continued unabated in the past three months, Mladenov told the UN Security Council. (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): The UN Security Council has welcomed Saudi Arabia’s peace initiative to end the Yemeni conflict and reach a political solution to the crisis.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the UNSC said the Saudi initiative is in line with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths’ peace proposal, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi proposal entails a nationwide cease-fire, the reopening of Sanaa International Airport and allowing fuel and food imports through the port of Hodeidah.

The statement indicated that the UNSC called on all Yemeni parties to engage constructively with the UN Special Envoy and negotiate without preconditions, for an immediate ceasefire throughout the country and a comprehensive political settlement, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council resolutions.

The UNSC also urged the participation of Yemeni women and the country’s youth in talks in accordance with relevant resolutions, underlying its members’ commitment to the sovereignty and territorial unity of Yemen.

The Council also called on Yemeni parties to continue implementing the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement.

The Security Council members denounced the recent cross-border attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Saudi Arabia, calling for an immediate end to the Houthis’ escalation against Yemeni city of Marib.

The council also held the Houthi militia accountable for the danger posed by the Safer oil tanker, calling on Houthis to ensure an immediate and unconditional access of the UN experts to inspect and repair the long-abandoned fuel tanker off the coast of Yemen.

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