Security Council considers resolution on humanitarian pauses in Yemen

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Dina Kawar. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council is considering a resolution circulated by the Russian delegation which is calling for humanitarian pauses in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, according to its President.

A coalition of regional countries led by Saudi Arabia has been conducting air strikes against Houthi forces that took over the capital Sana'a in January and put President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi under arrest.

The President eventually escaped and fled to Aden where he said that he was still the President of the country in the Arabian Peninsula.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Fighting has reportedly intensified in and around the Yemeni southern port city of Aden in the past two weeks.

The Security Council met behind closed doors on Saturday morning to discuss the crisis in Yemen at the request of the Russian delegation to the United Nations.

Ambassador Dina Kawar of Jordan, the Council President in April, told reporters that the Council members reaffirmed their views on the importance of the full implementation of the Security Council resolutions on Yemen.

"The Council members also reiterated their concern over the grave humanitarian situation that Yemen has been facing for a while. The Russian delegation circulated a draft resolution to the Council members regarding humanitarian pauses in Yemen and expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen since a long time. The Council members need time to reflect on the Russian proposal."(26")

Speaking in her national capacity, Ambassador Kawar said it should not be forgotten that the root cause of the current crisis in Yemen is the failure of the Houthis to implement Security Council 2201.

The resolution, which was unanimously adopted in February, demanded, among other things, that the Houthis "immediately and unconditionally" withdraw from Government institutions.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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