Yemen: UN Security Council

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to fulfil its role as a penholder on Yemen in the UN Security Council.

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 continues to fulfil its role as penholder on Yemen in the UN Security Council by coordinating sessions with the Security Council President that respond to developments in Yemen and the will of the Council as a whole. The UK proposed and coordinated a Presidential Statement which was agreed on 15 March 2018. That Presidential Statement, builds upon the previous Presidential Statement agreed on 15 June 2017, which was also sponsored and coordinated by the UK, :expressing deep concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen; calling for the parties to agree steps towards a ceasefire; welcoming the new UN Special Envoy, and calling for a vaccination programme and unhindered humanitarian access. We will continue to work with our Yemeni, regional and international partners to ensure words are converted into action.

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