Security Council demands Houthis relinquish control of government in Yemen

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Security Council Meeting. UN Photo//Eskinder Debebe

The Security Council on Sunday demanded that the Houthis in Yemen relinquish control of government institutions in the country.

The 15-member Council unanimously adopted a resolution which strongly deplores actions taken by the Houthis to dissolve parliament and take over Yemen's government institutions.

There has been political instability and violence in Yemen following protests that stated in 2011.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The Security Council urged all parties in Yemen to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultations and reject acts of violence to achieve political goals.

It demanded that the Houthis immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces from government institutions, including in the capital Sana'a.

The resolution also demanded that the Houthis immediately engage in the United Nations-brokered negotiations without any conditions.

It urged all parties in Yemen to agree on and publicly announce dates for completing the constitutional consultation process, to hold a referendum on the constitution and conduct elections.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Gant of the United Kingdom the resolution sends a clear message.

"Today we have made clear that those who use violence and intimidation to try to dictate Yemen's future are undermining the security of all Yemeni citizens and are eroding the political progress made since 2011. The Houthis must take responsibility for their actions and stop using violence and coercion as political tools. They must ensure there's immediate and safe release of President Hadi, Prime Minister Bahah and members of the cabinet from house arrest." (29")

The Security Council said it was ready to take further steps in case of non-implementation by any Yemeni party of this resolution.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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