Yemen: the parties must resume the path of dialogue [fr]
Statement by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United NationsRetour ligne automatique
Security Council - 11 September 2018
First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Martin Griffiths for his briefing and tireless efforts to bring together the parties to engage in discussion. I repeat that Martin has the full support of France. I would like to convey three brief messages, before I address some of the points in greater detail during the consultations that follow.
France regrets that the talks planned in Geneva at the invitation of the United Nations could not be held. As Mr. Griffiths eloquently recalled, it is essential to safeguard the possibility for restarting the dialogue. Geneva might be a missed opportunity in that regard, but it is by no means the end of efforts to move the political process forward.
My third message is that, more than ever, we must call on the parties to remain engaged with the Special Envoy in order to resume dialogue as soon as possible and move forward the political process, which is the only possible solution to the conflict in Yemen, as we all know. United Nations mediation is the only path towards a relaunching discussions with a view to reaching an agreement on the management of the Al-Hudaydah port, a resumption of talks, a lasting cessation of hostilities and the setting of the parameters for a political solution. The time is ripe for the implementation of the confidence-building measures identified by the Special Envoy, with a view to a sustainable, comprehensive and inclusive political agreement.
My third message is a matter of urgency. The quest for a political solution is not only essential but also urgent, while the humanitarian situation, already disastrous, continues to deteriorate. Only a political solution will make it possible to put a lasting end to the suffering of the Yemeni people. Such a solution will require resolute and unanimous support from the members of the Security Council for the efforts of Mr. Griffiths — support that is in place— but it will also require, in more proactive terms, coherent messages from us collectively to the parties to the conflict and regional actors alike.
At the moment, the population of Yemen is surviving only thanks to the extraordinary efforts undertaken by the United Nations and humanitarian actors on the ground, whom I salute. We reiterate in the strongest terms: it is imperative that international humanitarian law and human rights law be respected. In that regard, swift and unimpeded humanitarian access must be guaranteed to populations in need. Those obligations, it must be hammered home, are incumbent upon all.That is the spirit in which France will continue to strive towards the goals I have just recalled, sparing no effort as we work with all the relevant actors to those ends.