General Assembly Security Council

Security Council Monthly Meeting on Yemen

 

INDIA STATEMENT 

By

Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

 

[15 April 2021]

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Thank you Mr. President. I welcome Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and Under-Secretary General Mark Lowcock and thank them for their briefings on the current situation in Yemen. I welcome the presence of the PR of Yemen Ambassador Abdullah Ali Fadhel Al-Saadi.

 

2. As a country with centuries-old relationship with Yemen and strong people-people ties, India is concerned by the instability, violence and suffering in Yemen. We are also deeply concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the ongoing military escalation in Marib. The fighting has put the large population of Marib including more than a million internally displaced people at grave risk. We hope that the ongoing diplomatic efforts result in the fighting ending soon.

 

3. Reports about the growing presence of Al-Qaeda in Marib and its attacks in southern Yemen are also a cause for grave concern. We have repeatedly stated that the instability in Yemen will be exploited by terrorist groups to expand their presence in the country. While focusing on the political and military conflict, the Council must not overlook the threats posed by terrorist groups to peace and stability in the country and the region.

 

4. The protracted conflict and deteriorating economic situation have only exacerbated the suffering of Yemeni people. The humanitarian situation is dire. The famine-like condition in many governorates is expected to worsen the humanitarian crisis in the coming months. The full support of the international community is required to prevent a famine in the country.

 

5. I would like to highlight two important issues in this regard. First, aid agencies must receive adequate funding to continue their aid programmes. They would, otherwise, be forced to scale down or end the aid, which would impact the people of Yemen. Second, humanitarian and commercial supplies cannot be linked with other issues. Restrictions which hamper the flow of essential commodities into Yemen and all impediments to internal movement of humanitarian aid must be removed. We welcome the clearances issued by Government of Yemen recently to fuel ships to enter into Hudaydah to ease the pressure on access to and availability of fuel in Yemen.

 

6. We are glad that vaccines from India reached Yemen on 31 March and would contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight will however not be effective until testing capacities are enhanced and complete information about the number of COVID-positive cases, especially in northern Yemen, are made available in a transparent manner.

 

7. Another issue that is of concern is the SAFER oil tanker. If not addressed, the deteriorating condition of the SAFER tanker can result in an ecological and maritime catastrophe. We hope that all pending issues will be resolved urgently and that Ansarallah will provide early access and facilitation to the UN to inspect the vessel and conduct any essential repairs without further delay.

 

Mr. President,

 

8. The only way to end the crisis in Yemen is through lasting and inclusive peace. The recent diplomatic initiatives have opened a new window of opportunity. We commend the efforts by Oman in facilitating dialogue between the key stakeholders towards finding a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Yemen. We also welcome the initiative announced by Saudi Arabia for fostering peace in Yemen.

 

9. India supports all efforts to find an inclusive and peaceful political solution to the Yemen crisis through negotiations led and owned by the Yemeni people. Full and equal participation of women and youth in these negotiations is important. We call for an immediate halt to the offensive in Marib and military operations in other parts of Yemen to create a conducive environment for these negotiations. We appreciate the efforts of General Abhijit Guha and the UNMHA team to prevent escalation of hostilities in Hudaydah. We hope that all parties in Yemen will engage in good faith with the UN Special Envoy and come to the negotiating table immediately to end the conflict.

 

10. Let me conclude by reaffirming India’s strong commitment to Yemen’s unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We hope to see enduring peace return to Yemen soon.

 

I thank you Mr. President.

 

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