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Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and put an end to the “arrogance” of Houthi militias through “effective and decisive pressure on the coup leaders and their sponsors to implement Security Council resolutions, to stop the bloodshed and destruction and to give way for humanitarian aid to reach all Yemenis.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, flags outside UN headquarters

27 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Yemeni Foreign Minister at podium in General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“We have made many concessions for peace over the past six years and accepted at initiatives and proposals aiming at ending the coup, particularly the initiative of former UN Envoy Mr. Martin Griffiths and the initiative presented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is based on a comprehensive ceasefire as the most important humanitarian step which helps address all the humanitarian and economic issues, including the re-opening of Sanaa Airport, the facilitation of fuel deliveries through Hodeida Port in accordance with the Stokholm Agreement, and the resumption of the political process. However, all these efforts have regrettably been met with stubbornness by the terrorist Houthi militia and its backers, the Iranian regime. Rather it took advantage of these efforts to mobilize, escalate, and commit more massacres against civilians in many Yemeni provinces and cities.”
4. Med shot, Yemeni delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“All of this provides a clear picture of the intentions of these militias and their stance on peace – without them realizing that weapons and violence will not sow peace but rather give way to new rounds of conflict and war that will only reap more casualties and vengeance. This requires the international community to shoulder its responsibility to put an end to this arrogance, to end the suffering of our people through effective and decisive pressure on the coup leaders and their sponsors to implement Security Council resolutions, to stop the bloodshed and destruction and to give way for humanitarian aid to reach all Yemenis.”
6. Wide shot, Yemeni Foreign Minister addressing General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“The crimes and human rights violations committed by the Houthi militias in Yemen are unimaginable. On Saturday, 18 September of this year, they carried out illegal executions for nine citizens, including a minor, in a barbaric way that mirrors the crimes committed by Da’esh and Al Qaeda. There are dozens of Yemenis in prisons waiting for their turn on the execution lists if the world doesn’t act to save them. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of politicians, activists, and journalists who are missing, in prisons, secret detention facilities, and enforced disappeared.”
8. Wide shot, Yemeni Foreign Minister addressing General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“On many occasions, the militias, through their leadership, tie participation in the war with receiving basic goods and services, including humanitarian aid and cooking gas which continues to arrive from the Province of Maarib - which continues to be attacked by the Houthi militias. All of these funds, estimated at over 3.8 billion USD annually, in addition to the large sums garnered by the militias’ war lords by controlling the black market for fuel products - are used to recruit children and place them in the frontlines of the fighting in exchange for food items from international aid for their families.”
10. Wide shot, Yemeni Foreign Minister leaving podium in General Assembly Hall

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Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and put an end to the “arrogance” of Houthi militias through “effective and decisive pressure on the coup leaders and their sponsors to implement Security Council resolutions, to stop the bloodshed and destruction and to give way for humanitarian aid to reach all Yemenis.”

In his addressing to the General Assembly today (27 Sep), Bin Mubarak said his country continues to face hardship as a result of the war imposed by Houthi militias, with logistical and military support by Iran with the aim of destabilizing Yemen and the region and creating sectarian militias under its command. He said Iran was and continues to be part of the problem and not the solution in Yemen.

The Yemeni Foreign Minister said, “We have made many concessions for peace over the past six years and accepted at initiatives and proposals aiming at ending the coup, particularly the initiative of former UN Envoy Mr. Martin Griffiths and the initiative presented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is based on a comprehensive ceasefire as the most important humanitarian step which helps address all the humanitarian and economic issues, including the re-opening of Sanaa Airport, the facilitation of fuel deliveries through Hodeida Port in accordance with the Stokholm Agreement, and the resumption of the political process. However, all these efforts have regrettably been met with stubbornness by the terrorist Houthi militia and its backers, the Iranian regime. Rather it took advantage of these efforts to mobilize, escalate, and commit more massacres against civilians in many Yemeni provinces and cities.”

Bin Mubarak said the escalation by Houthi militias in Marib and the targeting of civilian neighborhoods with ballistic missiles, drones. And all different types of heavy weaponry, as well as the repeated targeting of civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia - “All of this provides a clear picture of the intentions of these militias and their stance on peace.” He said Houthis do not realize that weapons and violence “will not sow peace but rather give way to new rounds of conflict and war that will only reap more casualties and vengeance.”

The Foreign Minister said, “The crimes and human rights violations committed by the Houthi militias in Yemen are unimaginable. On Saturday, 18 September of this year, they carried out illegal executions for nine citizens, including a minor, in a barbaric way that mirrors the crimes committed by Da’esh and Al Qaeda. There are dozens of Yemenis in prisons waiting for their turn on the execution lists if the world doesn’t act to save them. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of politicians, activists, and journalists who are missing, in prisons, secret detention facilities, and enforced disappeared.”

Bin Mubarak also noted that his country was facing a dire economic situation since the Houthi coup, with a 50 per cent reduction in the size of the national economy and the buying power of Yemeni citizens plummeting pushing millions toward starvation.

The Foreign Minister said Houthi militias have, on many occasions, tied people’s participation in the war with receiving basic goods and services, including humanitarian aid and cooking gas. He said Houthis are imposing taxes and tariffs, even between Yemeni provinces to support their war effort. He said, “All of these funds, estimated at over 3.8 billion USD annually, in addition to the large sums garnered by the militias’ war lords by controlling the black market for fuel products - are used to recruit children and place them in the frontlines of the fighting in exchange for food items from international aid for their families.”
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