Security Council welcomes launch of national dialogue in Yemen
The UN Security Council has welcomed the announcement by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour of Yemen of the launch of the National Dialogue Conference scheduled for 18 March.
In a presidential statement on Friday , the Council commends those that have engaged constructively in the preparatory stages of the process.
It also welcomes the issuance of a decree regarding the formation of the Executive Bureau for the Mutual Accountability Framework.
Ambassador Kim Sook of the Republic of Korea is the president of the Council for the month of February.
"The Security Council reiterates the need for the transitional period to be a Yemeni led process, underpinned by a commitment to democracy, good governance, rule of law, national reconciliation and respect for the human rights and fundamental freedom of all people in Yemen. The Security Council emphasizes the need for the National Dialogue Conference to be conducted in an inclusive manner involving the full participation of all segments of Yemeni society, including representatives from the south and other regions, and a full and effective participation of youth and women as stipulated in the final report of the Preparatory Committee." (39")
The Security Council says it expects that the National Dialogue Conference will lead to a constitutional referendum and elections by February 2014.
And it warns that it would impose sanctions on the spoilers of the transition process in Yemen.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.