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Yemen: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made on preparations to table a UN resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire by all parties in the conflict in Yemen throughout that country.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

A nationwide ceasefire will only have an effect on the ground if it is underpinned by a political deal between the conflict parties. The UK has played a leading role in diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution. On 26 September, the UK co-hosted a political event at the UN General Assembly to coordinate the international community’s support for the UN-led peace process and endorse the UN Special Envoy’s plan to begin wider political discussion.

The UK has used its role as penholder at the UN Security Council to help push the Yemen peace process forward. UK-proposed Resolutions 2451 and 2452 were unanimously adopted by the Security Council in December 2018 and January 2019, respectively. We have issued both P5 and UNSC statements this year, urging the parties to implement the Stockholm agreements and reiterating members’ support for the work of Martin Griffiths. Our work at the Security Council has helped to corral international support for UN Special Envoy and we will continue to use our role as penholder to support the UN-led peace process.

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