Arms Trade: Yemen

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to adopt a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties engaged in military operations in Yemen; if he will encourage the UN Security Council to adopt such an embargo; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In April, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2216 (2015) which established an arms embargo against individuals or entities engaging in, or providing support for, acts that threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen as designated by the Committee. We remain supportive of actions being taken to deter the Houthi aggression in Yemen, which came at the request of President Hadi, and believe that a political solution brokered through the UN is the best way to bring long-term stability to Yemen.

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