UN / YEMEN HOUTHIS

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On the recent announcement on Yemen made by the United States Department of State, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “it is clear that the decision is likely to have serious humanitarian and political repercussions.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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11 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are obviously studying the announcement made by the Department of the States, and especially to assess the potential impact, but it is clear that the decision is likely to have serious humanitarian and political repercussions. And just to put things in context, and I know that you all follow this closely, but Yemen brings in almost all of its food by commercial imports. We are concerned that the designation will negatively impact, including through possible ‘over compliance’ by commercial entities, the import of food, and other essential commodities just as more Yemenis are starving as we’ve been saying repeatedly. The humanitarian operation which I remind you is the largest in the world cannot replace the private sector or compensate for major drops for commercial imports of food and other essential goods. There is a growing risk of famine in Yemen, and that underlines for us that it is imperative for the US to swiftly grand the necessary licenses and exemptions to ensure that the principle humanitarian assistance can continue to reach all people who need it across the country without disruption. Given the central importance of the commercial imports to the millions of Yemenis’ survival, these licenses and exemptions must also ensure that the private sector can continue to function in order to stay off a completely economic collapse and large scale famine. We are also concerned that the designation may have a detrimental impact on efforts to resume the political process in Yemen, as well as to polarize even more the positions of the parties to the conflicts. Notwithstanding potential political repercussions, we will continue to work with all parties to resume a continuing inclusive political process to reach a comprehensive negotiated settlement, an end to the conflict.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

On the recent announcement on Yemen made by the United States State Department, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “it is clear that the decision is likely to have serious humanitarian and political repercussions.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (11 Jan), Dujarric said the UN is “studying the announcement made by the Department of the States, and especially to assess the potential impact.”

He said, “Yemen brings in almost all of its food by commercial imports. We are concerned that the designation will negatively impact, including through possible ‘over compliance’ by commercial entities, the import of food, and other essential commodities just as more Yemenis are starving as we’ve been saying repeatedly.”

Dujarric continued, “the humanitarian operation which I remind you is the largest in the world cannot replace the private sector or compensate for major drops for commercial imports of food and other essential goods,” adding that “there is a growing risk of famine in Yemen, and that underlines for us that it is imperative for the US to swiftly grand the necessary licenses and exemptions to ensure that the principle humanitarian assistance can continue to reach all people who need it across the country without disruption.”

The Spokesperson continued, “given the central importance of the commercial imports to the millions of Yemenis’ survival, these licenses and exemptions must also ensure that the private sector can continue to function in order to stay off a completely economic collapse and large-scale famine.”

He also said, “we are also concerned that the designation may have a detrimental impact on efforts to resume the political process in Yemen, as well as to polarize even more the positions of the parties to the conflicts.”

Dujarric reiterated, “Notwithstanding potential political repercussions, we will continue to work with all parties to resume a continuing inclusive political process to reach a comprehensive negotiated settlement, an end to the conflict.”

According to media reports, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to designate the Houthis in Yemen as a foreign terrorist organization.
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