26 February 2014 - Security Council - Adoption of the resolution on Yemen - Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
We welcome the Council’s unanimity, which allowed for the adoption of resolution 2140 (2014). It shows that, when the Council speaks with one voice in crisis situations, the establishment of an orderly peaceful democratic transition is possible.
The resolution we have just adopted sends three clear messages. First, the Council and the international community remain fully committed to Yemen and support a democratic transition that responds to the aspirations of the Yemeni people. Secondly, the next stages in the transition are clear — the drafting of a new constitution, electoral reform and the swift holding of general elections. The resolution underscores that it is important to turn the page on the presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh in order to move forward in the transition. Thirdly, the actors that want to derail the political transition must pay the consequences, and that is reason for the establishment by the Security Council of a Sanctions Committee and a Panel of Experts.
With this resolution, the United Nations confirms its support for Yemen’s legitimate and democratic aspirations at present in the region, and we hope that it will be able to show the same determination on other crises under way.
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