Terrorism remains serious threat in Yemen, says UN official

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Jamal Benomar

Although Yemen is making progress in its political transition, it continues to face serious challenges including terrorism and a divided military institution that is also beset by corruption.

That assessment was made by the United Nations Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who briefed the Security Council on Tuesday.

He said that 23rd November marked one year since the signing of an agreement by the government and the opposition to a peaceful and orderly transition of power.

Mr. Benomar told the Security Council that an air of normality has taken hold in most parts of Yemen but insecurity is still a serious problem.

"Terrorism remains a serious threat. In June, government forces, under President Hadi's leadership were able to dislodge Al Qaeda elements from areas that had fallen under its control. However, this has led Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to desert open fields and, instead, disperse and infiltrate major cities. This is evidenced by the continuous spate of terrorist attacks against government targets in Sana'a, including last week's horrible killing of a Saudi military attaché." (Duration: 34")

Mr. Benomar said that in terms of governance, one year into the transition it is clear that the honeymoon is over and the government of Yemen is expected to deliver in providing better security and basic social services.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'37"

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