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1. Latest developments in New York Retour à la table des matières

- On 25 March 2014, the Security Council adopted a press statement condemning the terrorist attack on 24 March in Hadramawt, which killed twenty soldiers.

- On 26 February 2014, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2140 on Yemen.

The Permanent Representative of France indicated that this resolution reaffirmed the commitment of the Council and the international community to support Yemeni people in the next steps of the process of democratic transition. He also recalled that actors who would destabilize the political transition would be subject to targeted sanctions by the Security Council. Finally, this resolution demonstrated that when the Council spoke with one voice, he could be an agent of change.

The Permanent Representative of Yemen welcomed the contribution of the international community. It played a key role concerning the dialogue between all political actors, example of the cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations. However, economic, humanitarian and security problems persisted. The Permanent Representative of Yemen therefore called on the international community to honor its commitments in order to ensure the implementation of the national dialogue conference.

- On 28 January 2014, the Security Council met in closed consultations to hear the report of Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, on the situation in Yemen.

The permanent representative of France expressed concerns about the threats that remained in the country. The security situation was a matter of serious concern, with the active presence of Al Qaeda, targeted assassinations or abductions. Human rights violations persisted and the humanitarian situation remained dramatic. In this context, the permanent representative welcomed the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference with a view to the drafting of a new constitution. It was an important step in the political transition process, which allowed all Yemeni actors to express themselves and showed that the dispute settlement through dialogue was possible. It was now important for each objective to be set in the framework of a precise time-frame. Finally, the permanent representative stressed the very important role of the Security Council that had to remain engaged and vigilant for the remainder of the transition process.

- On 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.

-  The complete timeline of events here.

Visit of the UN Secretary-General in Yemen for the Anniversary of the Transition Agreement
19 November 2012- UN Photo/Evan Schneider

2. Background Retour à la table des matières

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. "

(March 2014)

3. French statements Retour à la table des matières

- 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

4. Reference texts Retour à la table des matières

- 25 March 2014 - Security Council - Press statement - Terrorist attack in Hadramawt

- 26 February 2014 - Security Council - Resolution 2140

- 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

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