(Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
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Explanation of vote by Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the UK Mission on the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 on Yemen
Thank you Madam President.
The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of resolution 2216.
In February, this Council made very clear that further measures would be taken if the Houthis failed to cease their intimidation, aggression and expansion. As their actions have shown, the Houthis ignored this warning.
The United Kingdom therefore supports the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, taking place at the request of President Hadi. But ultimately the solution to this crisis must be a political one and the United Kingdom stands with the international community in its call in this resolution for an inclusive political process. We call on all Yemeni parties to engage in the UN-led dialogue in good faith.
This resolution adopts sanctions against individuals who have chosen not to do so, but instead, continue to destabilise Yemen. It is right that the international community increases the cost of their unacceptable behaviour.
A political solution in Yemen remains the best way to counter the growing threat from terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. It is imperative that the international community does not lose sight of the growing threat that they pose.
A political solution is also the best way to arrest the worsening economic and humanitarian situation. Free and unfettered access for humanitarian supplies is critical. The United Kingdom is providing additional humanitarian support to Yemen, and we urge the international community to do the same.
The security and stability of Yemen is in the interest of all Yemenis and all in the international community. It is right that the Security Council has taken this action today and the United Kingdom will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to support a lasting political solution in Yemen.