5 December 2013. The Security Council adopted a Press statement condemning the attack on the Yemeni Defence Ministry and hospital that occurred in Sana’a, causing numerous deaths and injuries. It expressed its deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts, and to the people and Government of the Republic of Yemen, and those countries whose nationals have been affected.
On 27 November, Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, briefed the Security Council on the situation in Yemen during closed consultations.
The Representative of France welcomed the work already done within the framework of the National Dialogue launched on 18 March. However, obstacles to the progress of work remained numerous: some stakeholders continued to disrupt the political transition process, others threatened to boycott the Conference for the National Dialogue. In a spirit of responsibility and consensus, it was important that parties choose the options that were already set for the Conference. The Representative of France welcomed the adoption by the Security Council of a press statement which sent a firm message to the parties. They should be aware the Council was ready to take measures against the actors who hindered national dialogue. Finally, the Security Council and the United Nations should remain fully engaged to that Yemeni reconnect with the deadlines set in the Gulf initiative with regard to the transition process. It was the only way for the success of the ongoing political transition and the country’s return to stability, while the security and humanitarian situations remained a major concern.
On 11 June 2013, the Security Council heard the briefing of Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen. He welcomed the national dialogue established by the Yemeni authorities for the adoption of a constitution but he also pointed out, in light of the recent fighting between rebels and security forces, that a durable and sustainable peace was achievable only through an effective national reconciliation and the pursuit of an inclusive dialogue.
The Security Council also met in closed consultations, during which the Representative of France underlined the reversible nature of the security and political improvements in Yemen, and called for the continuous commitment by the Security Council and the international community to support their efforts.
On 12 April 2013, the Security Council welcomed, in a press statement, the decrees issued by President Hadi on the reorganization of the Yemeni security sector, in compliance with the Transition Agreement and Security Council Resolutions.
On 4 April 2013, Mr. Jamal Benhomar, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, presented to the Security Council the situation in Yemen, after the launch of the National Dialog Conference on 18 March.
The French Representative welcomed this milestone in the yemeni transition, while calling for a better inclusion of Southern leaders in the process.
On 15 February 2013, the Security Council adopted a presidential statement on the situation in Yemen. The 15 member States welcoming the convening of a national dialogue on 18 March and threatening to impose sanctions on those who would attempt to disrupt the political transition, especially supporters of former President Ali Abdallah Saleh.
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Since 27 January 2011, peaceful protests have multiplied in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, and in other cities, calling for the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power since 1978.
On 3 February, following a speech by President Saleh promising the establishment of a national unity government and elections, a "day of anger" attracted between 20,000 and 100,000 people around the place Tahrir in Sana’a.
In March, the movement was joined by the parliamentary opposition and by major tribes. Some army generals also joined the opposition to demand the resignation of President Saleh.
The government tried to suppress the mass protests by force, leaving many dead and wounded. By 19 April 2011, more than 117 demonstrators had been killed in clashes with security forces, including at least 26 children according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
In early April, the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain) initiated a mediation effort and on 10 April called on the Yemeni president to cede power to his vice President.
On 12 April 2011, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs expressed France’s support to this mediation:
"We reiterate our full support to the mediation proposal made on 3 April by the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf states, to promote a quick solution to the Yemeni crisis and allow a peaceful political transition. We urge all Yemeni parties to accept this mediation in the interest of peace and of the unity, stability and security of Yemen. "
4 December 2012 - Security Council - Situation in Yemen - Statement by Mr. Martin Briens, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
24 October 2011 - Security Council - Debate on the Middle East - Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
21 April 2011 - Security Council - Situation in the Middle East – Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
5 December 2013 - Security Council - Press statement - Attack on the Yemeni Defence Ministry and hospital in Sana’a
27 November 2013 - Security Council press statement
12 April 2013 - Security Council Press Statement
15 February 2013 - Security Council Presidential Statement on the situation in Yemen
13 September 2012 - Security Council press statement on terrorist attack in Yemen
12 June 2012 - Security Council - resolution 2051
29 March 2012 - Security Council - presidential statement
21 October 2011 - Resolution 2014
24 September 2011 - Security Council Press Statement
9 August 2011 - Security Council Press Statement