March 18, 2018

Iran's United Nations envoy: No military solution to crisis in Yemen

02 March 2018, 02:42 | Darrell Baldwin

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather

The council is set to vote Monday on renewing sanctions on Yemen for a year, but a British-drafted text also calls for "additional measures" in response to a United Nations report that found Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen.

Backed by the United States and France, the British-drafted resolution was supported with 11 votes in favour on Monday, before Russian Federation used its veto and other member states abstained from voting. The former gained 11 favorable votes, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted down the draft resolution, and two countries - Kazakhstan and China - abstained.

Instead, the 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a text proposed by Russian Federation and adopted as Resolution 2402 to simply extend the mandate of the regime for one year and not mention Iran.

The Houthi movement has been defending Yemen against a bloody Saudi-led military campaign, which was launched in 2015 with the help of the USA and the United Kingdom to reinstall the country's former Riyadh-friendly government.

Britain and other states wanted to include in the initial draft text of the resolution a condemnation of Iran for violating an arms embargo on Houthis.

The report by a United Nations panel of experts in January concluded that Iran was in violation after determining that missiles fired by the Huthis at Saudi Arabia past year were made in Iran.

Haley has taken a hawkish stance on Iran, accusing Tehran of sowing instability in the Middle East and failing to live up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

While the report found that Tehran had violated the embargo by failing to block the shipments, the experts said they were unable to identify the supplier.

"Russia doesn't like the outcome of certain expert panel reports", Jonathan Allen, UK deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters before the vote was scheduled to take place.

The US immediately lashed out at Moscow for its veto, blaming Russian Federation for shielding a "terrorist-sponsoring" Iran.

Iran has always denied arming the Houthis and has instead accused the U.S. of faking evidence or has pointed the finger at other nations.

Iran has repeatedly denied arming Yemen revolutionaries, stressing that such accusations have been baseless, and lashing out at the global community for Turing a blind eye on the United States and Britain for selling Saudi Arabia arms that could be used to commit war crimes in the Arab impoverished country.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Iran's mission to the United Nations charged that the United States and Britain had pushed an "unwarranted draft resolution" to advance an anti-Iran political agenda.

Iran, along leading global human rights organizations, has called for an immediate end to the sales of arms by Washington, London and other Europeans to Saudi Arabia and other aggressors, who are killing innocent Yemeni people on a daily basis. Millions of people are on the brink of starvation and more than 22 million - nearly the entire population - are in need, according to humanitarian agencies.

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