UN Responsibility towards the Humanitarian Truce in Yemen

  • 27 July 2015

The humanitarian ceasefire agreed upon by Arab coalition in Yemen entered its first phase last night. It is aimed at providing the much-needed humanitarian relief and medical supplies for Yemeni people across all governorates. This has become critical considering the Houthis and their ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have imposed unjust blockade on many governorates, cities and heavily populated neighborhoods by resorting to shelling with heavy artillery, launching rockets and blocking the entry and exit points of cities.

Every truce initiated by Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his government, and agreed upon by the Arab coalition, has been broken by the Houthis and their ally through various means. Sometimes they take advantage of the truce to reorganize their defeated militia while on other occasions they violate the ceasefire by shelling indiscriminately on Saudi cities and border points in Najran and Jizan. They have even seized relief convoys or prevented their access to places of distribution despite warnings from the Yemeni government, the coalition and human rights organizations.

As is widely known, the Houthis and their ally Ali Abullah Saleh have never lived up to their pledge, on agreements or decisions. They have violated the outcome of the national dialog and Gulf Initiative on security, peace and prosperity in Yemen and the agreement that was reached on a new Constitution. They also refuse to implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions, particularly Resolution number 2216, which calls for the recognition of the legitimate government in Yemen and their full and unconditional withdrawal from cities and governorates.

The UAE and its people have lived up to their pledge of adopting a humanitarian and nationalistic approach, which necessitates standing by the brotherly Arab people of Yemen and providing assistance to help them restore order. The country is keen to ensure Yemen’s unity, security and stability and safeguard its sovereignty. The proof of the UAE’s pledge lies in its support for the liberation of Aden from the grasp of terrorists and building passages for humanitarian and relief aid convoys.

Terrorist Houthis, and their allies, will be proved wrong if they think that the commitment from coalition forces to observe ceasefire will give them the opportunity to break the truce or to circumvent its humanitarian dimensions. All eyes are now on the days ahead as any suspicious movement by these rebels and outlaws will be met with decisive action so that they are deterred and respect the agreements, resolutions and terms of this ceasefire.

The UAE, and the Arab coalition, are confident that the international community and its legal bodies, especially the UN Security Council, would carry out their legal and humanitarian responsibilities and monitor any breach. Meanwhile, the international community should ensure implementation of Resolution number 2216 – which necessitates measures against outlaws under Chapter VII.