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Vietnam urges Yemen’s parties to uphold obligations under int' humanitarian law

November 13, 2020 | 07:59

Addressing the United Nations Security Council’s regular discussion on Yemen, which was held virtually on November 11, Head of the Vietnamese Mission to the UN Dang Dinh Quy joined other members in calling for all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law, with respect to the protection of civilians, especially women and children, and civilian objects.

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Vietnam urges Yemen’s parties to uphold  obligations under int' humanitarian law
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnam mission to the UN. Photo: VNA

He called on all relevant parties to realise "the ceasefire call of the Secretary-General and his Special Envoy, cease hostilities immediately and resume negotiations so that the Joint Deleration toward the nationwide ceasefire could be reached. This will lay a crucial foundation for archieving the United Nations peace proposal for Yemen."

He also urged concerned parties to fully cooperate with UN agencies by providing protections and favorable conditions for humanitarian workers to carry out their works in parts of Yemen. Famine could not be averted if we do not act enough now.

The Vietnamese diplomat urged all parties to uphold and fully implement the Stockholm Agreement and the Riyadh Agreement with the UN mediations. The meaningful participation of women in the political process should be also ensured and further promoted, Quy added.

Reports at the session highlighted the serious situation in Yemen where residents are facing high risk of starvation. The malnutrition rate among the people in the southern part of Yemen rose 10 percent in 2020, and it is 15 percent among the under-five children.

Besides, about 20 million Yemeni are facing a severe food security crisis. The economic situation has worsened as the prices of all necessities surge to a record height and the value of domestic currency falls 25 percent.

The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic may also cause severe impact to the situation in the country.

Vietnam urges Yemen’s parties to uphold  obligations under int' humanitarian law
YPN for UNOCHA A young girl and her brother in the Al Dhale'e camp for people displaced by the conflict in Yemen.

The country is “not for the first time” at “a point of decision”, Martin Griffiths said via videoconference, urging an end to “the shooting war, opening up the country and resuming the search for an inclusive political solution”.

Despite a relative calm, he pointed to “rumors” that violence might soon be on the rise, and hoped that “flare-ups” do not herald a return to more widespread violence across the country.

Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley, said a “countdown to catastrophe” was now underway, detailing that misery on a “whole new level” is only months away.

“We sounded the alarm” in 2018 and 2019, briefing the Council in almost “the same dog-and-pony show”, he said, adding that “quite frankly their suffering is even more pitiful” now.

Beasley added that the decline in value of the local currency was making provisions even more expensive.

Noting that WFP had pulled Yemen back from the brink of famine before, he said that the threat is once again “knocking on the door”.

Meanwhile, Omer Badokhon, founder and Executive Director of the civil society initiative Solutions for Sustainable Societies, maintained that the longer the war continues, the further Yemen will be “set back” in terms of creating a sustainable “green” economy with youth leadership.

He urged conflict parties to stop “harming our biodiversity” and exploiting what has become an increasingly fragile and threatened environment./.

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