10 JULY 2015
Security Council Press Statement on Yemen
The members of the Security Council welcomed the Secretary-General’s announcement on 9 July and parties’ commitment to a humanitarian pause in Yemen. The members of the Security Council welcomed President Hadi’s letter of 8 July indicating his support for a humanitarian pause and the Secretary-General’s announcement on 9 July of the commitment by the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties to support a humanitarian pause.
In this regard, the members of the Security Council joined the Secretary-General in supporting the implementation of an unconditional humanitarian pause by all parties to start on Friday, 10 July, at 23:59 (GMT+3) until the end of Ramadan and further urged all parties to exercise restraint in cases of isolated violations and to avoid escalation.
The members of the Security Council emphasized that all parties will need to suspend military operations during the pause and that no party should take advantage of the pause to move weapons or seize territory.
The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.
The members of the Security Council expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) and with the Secretary-General’s statement of 9 July.