Yemen: Armed Conflict

Department for International Development written question – answered on 7th February 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve the effectiveness of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is providing £1.3 million to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) this financial year (2017/18) to facilitate commercial shipping into Yemen’s Red Sea ports and provide assurances against weapons smuggling. We have seconded UK experts to UNVIM in Djibouti to increase the number of inspections of commercial vessels.

Yemen imports 90% of its food and fuel, so it is essential that the Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef remain fully open to commercial and humanitarian imports to help the millions of people who don’t have enough to eat. We continue to call on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to allow full and unhindered commercial and humanitarian access for food, fuel and medical supplies throughout Yemen.

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