Jordan circulates U.N. resolution aimed at ending Yemen fight
A U.N. diplomat said the draft Security Council resolution calls for an arms embargo on targeted individuals
Jordan circulated a draft U.N. resolution Tuesday aimed at halting the escalating conflict in Yemen, where Houthi Shiite rebels and their allies are fighting supporters of the country’s embattled president.
A U.N. diplomat said the draft Security Council resolution calls for an arms embargo on targeted individuals. The diplomat said the resolution also condemns aggression by the Houthis, who control much of the north and are trying to take over the entire country, and their continued campaign in violation of a previous council resolution.
The draft also calls for a political solution to the conflict and urges that ways be found quickly to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid, said the diplomat, who is familiar with the text and spoke on condition of anonymity because the draft has not been made public.
The Gulf Cooperation Council previously proposed a draft resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Houthis while Russia circulated a draft Saturday calling for a “humanitarian pause” in airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition.
Jordan’s U.N. Ambassador Dina Kawar, the current council president, said Saturday that experts would meet to discuss both draft resolutions.
Jordan’s U.N. Mission said Tuesday that the new draft resolution had been sent to the 15 council members and discussions would be held on the text.
The draft was circulated as the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis and their allies, including backers of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, continued for a 13th day. The Saudis support Yemen’s embattled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.