Yemen: International Assistance

Department for International Development written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen 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 this financial year to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to facilitate commercial shipping and assure the Coalition that weapons are not coming into Yemen on large commercial ships docking at the large Red Sea ports. We have also deployed UK maritime experts to Djibouti to further boost the inspections process, helping increase the proportion of ships physically inspected almost ten-fold (from 8% to 77%).

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