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UNSC resolution keeps Yemen top of the international community's agenda

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt comments on the UN Security Council unanimously passing Resolution 2051.

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Today the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2051, reaffirming the international community’s support for the Government of Yemen and the process of political transition.

Commenting today, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, said:

“I welcome today’s resolution in the Security Council, reaffirming the international community’s strong commitment to helping Yemen deliver peaceful, orderly and inclusive political transition. The Security Council has sent a strong message to all those who are seeking to derail the process that we are united in our support for a peaceful and prosperous future for all Yemenis. Actions aimed at undermining the Government of National Unity are unacceptable and should cease immediately. The Security Council has made clear it is prepared to consider further measures if this disruptive behaviour continues.

“As co-chair of the Friends of Yemen, we are working closely with the Government of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other key partners to keep the crisis in Yemen at the top of the international agenda. The scale of the challenge is significant - millions of Yemenis are without adequate food and water, and the security and economic situation remains deeply worrying. We welcome President Hadi’s efforts to bring about political reform, in particular the recent launch of the preparatory process for National Dialogue. It is vital this happens quickly and involves all those in Yemen who have a constructive role to play in the process. Resolution 2051 is a clear reminder to all with an interest in Yemen’s future, and in the security and stability of the region, that Yemen has our attention and deserves our ongoing support.”

Published 12 June 2012