Yemen: Adoption of resolution 2451 preserve Stockholm positive momentum [fr]
Adoption of resolution on Yemen
Explanation of vote by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council – 21 December 2018
I would like to start with a friendly but important remark concerning procedure. Multilingualism is a fundamental value of the Organization. The adoption of resolution 2451 (2018) in a single language is linked to exceptional circumstances and should not constitute a precedent.
That being said, France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2451 (2018) on Yemen. The resolution is a strong signal of the unity and commitment of the Security Council, which, as we had hoped, is putting its full weight beyond the efforts of the United Nations on Yemen. I pay particular tribute to the work and commitment of the British penholder, which brought the members of the Council together after difficult negotiations.
The resolution marks the unity of the Council and the international community in support of launching a political process to end the crisis, as well as the humanitarian and political action of the United Nations. Three points emerge from the resolution.
First, it allows us to endorse the outcome of the Stockholm negotiations, for which we again thank Sweden, and the agreement on three main points: prisoner exchange; the withdrawal of the armed forces from the port and city of Al-Hudaydah and a ceasefire throughout the province; and the establishment of a mechanism for de-escalation in Taiz. Secondly, the resolution provides the necessary basis for the United Nations to act quickly to assist in the implementation of the agreements on Al-Hudaydah by allowing the rapid deployment of a United Nations monitoring and control team.
Finally, the resolution cites the essential points of Mark Lowcock’s humanitarian requests, which the Council was called on to address by maintaining the political course so as to ensure that the parties remain involved with Martin Griffiths during the next phase.
The swift adoption of the resolution, on which the penholders worked tirelessly in recent days with our full support, was essential to preserving and maintaining the positive momentum of Stockholm and to enabling the immediate implementation of the arrangements reached. We remain clear that much remains to be done. There humanitarian situation remains a disaster and the Council will have to maintain its mobilization to respond more fully and to help the Yemeni population to recover from the tragic conflict. In that context, those responsible for the most serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law must be held accountable.
The Council will also have to remain mobilized in support of the mediation of the Special Representative, whose efforts and initial results I commend once again. Maintaining our commitment and unity will be crucial to the discussions scheduled for January on the political framework and solution. France is determined to do so.