Transcript of Statement

Good morning everyone. I am Mohammad Alwazir.  I would first like to give a salute of gratitude to Mr. Peters, for leading this initiative and I thank you all for attending.

If I had to explain where I would place this draft on a continuum that mapped out the degree of its neutrality, I would draw out a line and place the wishes of the Yemeni delegation and the Coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the far extreme right.  And I would then put the wishes of the Yemeni people on the extreme left, just for illustrations purposes.  After reading the draft resolution several times, I would place it at the midpoint between the center of the overall continuum and the extreme far right where the wishes of the Saudi-led Coalition lay.  While we appreciate that the resolution comes closer to the middle, I believe that more can be done to bring it even closer to a balanced,  just resolution.

The main reason I say this is that there is no mention of war.  And there is no mention of the states who are involved in launching and conducting it.  Instead I see Houthis/Saleh in brackets.  Which is fine if the Saudi-led Coalition was in brackets as well.  The draft makes one wonder a bit.  As if nothing at all is happening in Yemen but an internal conflict.  No mention of a blockade.  As if the humanitarian crisis is being steered by an invisible hand rather than an illegal war of aggression conducted by a Coalition led by Saudi Arabia.  Nothing comes into Yemen for a reason, a foreign reason, a foreign blockade that has choked the entire population of Yemenis indiscriminately.  As indiscriminate as the airstrikes which have killed over 5000+ civilians and maimed over 20000 others, 1/3 of whom were women and children.  As indiscriminate as the cluster munitions that were used by the Saudi-led Coalition several times in the past 6 months.  These points are reflected in the edited draft that we are submitting.

Along similar lines, we see the mention of the Riyadh Conference and its efforts for peace but there is no mention of the UN’s Special Envoy’s efforts with AnsarAllah and the GPC and that could be because it happened fairly recent so we have included it because as you know, AnsarAllah and the GPC expressed their commitment to join peace talks aimed at providing a framework for an agreement on implementation mechanisms for UN Security Council Resolution 2216 with slight reservation to items that deal with intervening in the sovereign affairs of Yemen.

Oddly so, there was no mention of the Peace and National Partnership agreement despite mentioning all previous signed agreements.  Mention was even made of a draft constitution that has not even been adopted in a national referendum and is highly unpopular.  Why not include the last signed agreement to which the UN welcomed and expected its implementation without delay.  The Peace and National Partnership agreement allowed for the inclusion of all political factions such as the Southern Hirak and AnsarAllah.  And it actually led to the formation of Bahah’s government in fact, now how about that.  Remember what the previous UN Special Envoy, Jamal Ben Omar, said:

“When this campaign started, one thing that was significant but went unnoticed is that the Yemenis were close to a deal that would institute power-sharing with all sides, including the Houthis,”

That was the fruit of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement.  Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue without foreign intervention that brought Yemen closer to a political solution but for the war conducted by the Coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

We call on everyone in this room to consider these points and the plight of the Yemeni people.  To be more balanced in the approach to Yemeni internal affairs by calling for an independent international commission of inquiry into all laws of war violations committed by all parties to the conflict, not just one side, all or none.  Toying with a national commission set up by a fugitive in a foreign capital who apparently called for a war on Yemen, I’m certain wont be acceptable to the people of Yemen.  Only a truly independent neutral arbiter such as an international commission of inquiry would get the buy in of the people.  Im sure you know this very well I just hope that knowledge is reflected in the upcoming resolution.

Therefore we call, the members of the Council to amend the draft to reflect the following:

1.       Balanced approached – either name all parties and sides to the conflict specifically or make a general reference like “all parties to the conflict”

2.       Inclusion of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement, the last signed agreement allowing for all parties and factions to participate in a political solution and that was welcomed by the UN

3.       Open up an international investigation into the violations of the laws of war and support for terrorism committed by all parties to the conflict.

Overall Objectives:

1.       End the war by the Saudi-led Coalition and the blockade on Yemen

2.      Ensure the provision of immediate humanitarian relief to the people of Yemen.

3.      Facilitate Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue that occurs without foreign meddling.

4.      Open up an international investigation into the war crimes and support for terrorism committed by all parties to the conflict.