Security Council welcomes progress made in Yemen's political transition, despite challenges

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Ambassador Liu Jieyi

Members of the UN Security Council have issued a unanimous and clear message in support of Yemen's ongoing political transition process and the Yemeni Government's efforts to reconstruct the economy and safeguard security, including the National Dialogue Conference.

The President of the Security Council in November, Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, read the statement to the press in New York late on Wednesday.

Launched on 18 March, the National Dialogue Conference brought new actors to the political process such as youth, women, civil society representatives, the Houthi Movement and the Hiraak Southern Movement. The deadline for the end of conference was scheduled for 18 September, but disagreements over key issues have delayed its conclusion.

Concerned over these delays, Ambassador Jieyi says Council members are urging all parties in Yemen, to engage constructively in a spirit of compromise to address the remaining critical issues.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their concern over continuing reports of interference by those intent on disrupting, delaying or derailing the transition process and undermining the Yemeni Government. The members of the Security Council condemned any such attempts, whether by members of the former regime or political opportunists, notably by abstaining from participation in the National Dialogue Conference, threatening to do so or standing in the way of a consensus agreement to conclude the National Dialogue."

The Council Members also warned "spoilers" that action will be taken if they continued to attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition process, Ambassador Jieyi noted.

With regards to growing calls for secession from southern separatists, he said the Council was clear and unanimous in its support of the unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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