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Vietnam concerned about military escalation in Yemen

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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March 18, 2021 | 11:53

Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, expressed his concern over the military escalation in Yemen, especially Marib and Taiz.

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At the UN Security Council’s online meeting on the Yemen situation on March 16 (Photo: VNA)

Upon addressing an online meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to discuss the Yemen situation on March 16, the Vietnamese diplomat called on all sides to observe the UN Secretary General’s call for a ceasefire, thereby marking the end of the war and the resumption of negotiations to achieve a national ceasefire, according to VOV.

Ambassador Hai Anh also urged the wider international community to fully support Yemen and concerned parties in order to comply with international humanitarian law and pay greater attention to protecting both women and children in the conflict. The parties should press ahead with the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and the Riyadh Agreement, with the UN playing the intermediary role, he said.

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Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. (Photo: Vietnam Mission in New York)

At the meeting, Vietnam also called on the sides to practice restraint and create optimal conditions for the political process in Yemen, as well as regional peace and stability. It was reported that more than 20 million Yemen people need humanitarian aid, five million stay on the brink of famine, and one million others have been forced to leave their homes. Humanitarian activities face difficulties due to a funding shortage and an economic crisis, according to Vietnam Plus.

Mark Lowcock, UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said financial commitments to Yemen in this year have so far reached only US$1.7 billion. This figure is less than half of the amount needed for this year’s response plan, and roughly US$1 billion less than last year’s figure, according to the UN official. He also called on the wider international community to increase its assistance commitments to Yemen.

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