The UN Security Council welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which it announced on the twenty-second of last March, to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution.
The members of the Council affirmed – in a statement reported by the Saudi Press Agency today, Saturday – that the initiative is in line with the proposal of the United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, for a ceasefire throughout Yemen, reopening Sanaa International Airport, and allowing the free movement of ships for fuel and other goods to the port of Hodeidah.
The statement indicated that the members of the Security Council called on all Yemeni parties to engage constructively with the United Nations 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 Security Council called for the comprehensive, equal and meaningful participation of women, and the participation of young people, in line with previous decisions, noting the commitment of the members of the strong council to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen, and stressing the need to continue implementing the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement.
The members of the Security Council condemned the cross-border attacks by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and called for a halt to their escalation in the Yemeni governorate of Ma’rib. The statement held the Houthi militia responsible for the grave danger posed by the Safer oil tanker, and called for them to urgently facilitate the unconditional and safe access of United Nations experts to conduct a basic assessment and the task of reform, and to ensure close cooperation with the United Nations, stressing the need to finalize the outstanding issues.