A political solution must be found to the Yemeni crisis [fr]
Statement by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 22 November 2019
I would like to thank Mr. Griffiths and Ms. Mueller for their briefings.
It is becoming clearer every day that a political solution must be found to the Yemeni crisis. As the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen has shown, we are seeing positive and encouraging signs of de-escalation, momentum that must continue and be translated into tangible progress on the ground so as to achieve a significant reduction in the hostilities. We welcomed the adoption of the Riyadh agreement, which is an important step in the settlement of the crisis and helps to preserve Yemen’s unity and territorial integrity. It must now be fully implemented.
Discussions on a comprehensive and inclusive political solution must be resumed without delay or preconditions. The United Nations has an essential role to play in mediation and supervision in the quest for this political solution and its implementation. A political solution is the only way out of the conflict for the Yemeni people, who continue to suffer as a result of the disastrous humanitarian situation. Respect for international humanitarian law is not negotiable. It is binding on us all. That means protecting civilians, including humanitarian and medical personnel, along with civilian infrastructure. It also means guaranteeing full humanitarian access. All the parties to the conflict must ensure that. The increasing restrictions imposed by the Houthis on humanitarian actors are preventing millions of people from receiving aid, and that is unacceptable. The effective coordination of assistance must be a priority and every effort must be made to facilitate the work of humanitarian actors. It is also essential to ensure that the United Nations has access to the FSO SAFER oil tanker, which is a serious potential threat to the environment. An oil spill would have a disastrous impact on the entire region.
The Council can rely on France to remain fully engaged in the pursuit of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, both within the Council and as part of its broader efforts to promote de-escalation in the region.