UN / YEMEN

12-Jul-2017 00:03:10
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien called the cholera outbreak in Yemen a “scandal” that is “entirely man-made by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and fighting.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN
TRT: 03:10
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH

DATELINE: 12 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

12 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“At what point will the parties shoulder their responsibilities to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure - hospitals, medical facilities and schools - and to provide basic services for the population? At what point will those supporting the parties in the conflict take necessary action? Mr President, this cholera scandal is entirely man-made by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and fighting.”
4. Pan right, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“This is a man-made crisis, and the sheer scale of humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people is a direct result of the conflict and serious violations of international law. Humanity cannot continue to lose out to politics. The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism has all the necessary checks and balances to ensure the flow of commercial goods into the country in the Red Sea ports, particularly Hudaydah. It is, and will be inhumane and irresponsible for parties to impede the delivery of food or fuel into the country.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy for Yemen, United Nations:
“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is horrifying, and the population is suffering from war, hunger, and cholera that has spread further again recently. The country therefore is not witnessing a single emergency crisis, rather it is witnessing a host of multi-faceted and multi-dimensional crises affecting over 20 million people and the effects of which will remain long after the war has come to an end.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy for Yemen, United Nations:
“There is no doubt that the participation of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress (GPC) is essential. They must show good faith and deal with the proposals constructively if they truly want to end the war and improve the humanitarian situation.”
10. Med shot, O’Brien
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy for Yemen, United Nations:
“The Yemeni people’s patience has been exhausted by politicians that work for themselves and not for the homeland; they destroy the country instead of contributing in its construction. I call from this platform on all parties to work for peace. Their excuses are rejected and their justifications are not convincing, especially that solutions are available. The train for peace has not left (the station) yet.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations:
“The Yemeni Government is still ready to make all the necessary concessions, no matter how difficult, for the peace that the great, resilient Yemeni people deserve because we believe that war is created by adventuring fools and peace is created by the brave.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien called the cholera outbreak in Yemen a “scandal” that is “entirely man-made by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and fighting.”

Speaking at the Security Council today (12 Jul) O’Brien said at least 1,740 people have already died from cholera and more than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in every Yemeni district except one. He said nearly 16 million people do not have access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene in the country and added that seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children under the age of five, are on the cusp of famine making them vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death.

O’Brien asked, “At what point will the parties shoulder their responsibilities to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure - hospitals, medical facilities and schools - and to provide basic services for the population?” He said the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism had all the necessary checks and balances to ensure the flow of commercial goods into the country in the Red Sea ports, particularly Hudaydah, adding that it would be “inhumane and irresponsible for parties to impede the delivery of food or fuel into the country.”

Speaking via teleconference from the Jordanian Capital Amman, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the humanitarian situation in the country is “horrifying”. He said Yemen was not witnessing a single emergency crisis, “rather it is witnessing a host of multi-faceted and multi-dimensional crises affecting over 20 million people and the effects of which will remain long after the war has come to an end.”

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said it was unacceptable that, despite repeatedly urging the parties to respect international law, the targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure continued. He called on the parties to allow the resumption of commercial flights in and out of Sanaa airport and said he was currently working on a meeting with Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress (GPC) to discuss proposals to allow humanitarian and commercial goods into the country through the port of Hudaydah.

He said the proposals include a work plan to collect taxes and revenues to support paying the salaries of civil servants throughout the country rather than financing war and pave a way to reach a cessation of hostilities in Yemen. He said the Yemeni Government has expressed its willingness to negotiate based on his proposals and added that Ansar Allah and the GPC must also “show good faith and deal with the proposals constructively if they truly want to end the war and improve the humanitarian situation.”

The Special Envoy said the Yemeni people’s patience has been “exhausted by politicians that work for themselves and not for the homeland.” He called all parties to the conflict to work for peace adding that their “excuses are rejected and their justifications are not convincing, especially that solutions are available.”

Yemeni ambassador Khaled Alyemany said his country has become a headline for death, poverty, and disease which he said was caused by the revolting militias. He said these militias refused to cooperate even with humanitarian agencies to blackmail the international community under the illusion that if the humanitarian and health crises become grave enough, it would enforce a solution that favours them. Alyemany said his government was “still ready to make all the necessary concessions, no matter how difficult, for the peace that the great, resilient Yemeni people deserve because we believe that war is created by adventuring fools and peace is created by the brave.”
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