Speech

“The international community supports the Yemeni people”

Explanation of Vote by UK Ambassador Lyall Grant to the UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant

Thank you, Madam President.

The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of Resolution 2140 on Yemen. In its unanimous adoption of this resolution, the Security Council has delivered four clear messages:

Firstly, that the international community continues to focus on Yemen and wants to support the Yemeni people towards a more stable and prosperous future. More support is needed to help the Yemeni government improve security and provide humanitarian assistance.

Secondly, that the next steps in the transition are clear. These are constitutional electoral reform, followed by elections. All constituencies must work together to implement the recommendations of the National Dialogue. This includes the Good Governance Working Report recommendation on who can hold future high office.

Thirdly, that those wishing to derail the political transition will face swift and firm consequences through the new sanctions committee. The resolution is clear, and I quote, “the transition process requires turning the page from the presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh”.

Fourthly, when this Council works together, and delivers tough messages, it can create the catalyst for change.

Madam President,

I would like to end by taking this opportunity to commend the continued efforts of Special Advisor Mr Jamal Benomar and of the Gulf Cooperation Council to assist Yemen through this transition process.

Thank you.

Published 26 February 2014