Saudi envoy: Houthi militia wants to impose Hezbollah-style regime in Yemen

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, said this week that the Houthi militia aims to impose a Hezbollah-style regime in the war-torn country.During a meeting with the Arab Coalition’s Col. Turki al-Maliki in Vienna on Thursday, Al Jaber said elements of the Houthi militia supported by Iran “do not make up even 1-3 percent of the Yemeni people” and yet they want to impose a regime similar to that of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The Saudi ambassador has repeatedly pointed ...

UN: No respite for civilians as Syria’s war grinds on

Friday, 4 May 2018

Syria’s war rages unabated despite a fall in the number of besieged civilians, a senior UN official said on Thursday, warning of a potential worsening of the conflict in the rebel-controlled governorate of Idlib. UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said millions of civilians were still caught up in the seven-year-old conflict and many who escaped battle zones had to seek shelter in overcrowded camps for the displaced in Idlib in the northwest. Insurgent officials say they fear an offensive ...

The new UN envoy’s almost impossible mission with the Houthis

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Does the new UN special envoy have a plan for Yemen that differs from that of his predecessors’? Asharq Al-Awsat has learnt from high-ranking sources that the most important features of the new plan of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths includes “withdrawing arms and planning a transitional phase that includes Houthi participation in the government and ends with elections.” These general points for the new plan on which the new peace envoy is working on falls within ...

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Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Palestinians said Friday they want the UN Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military’s killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN ambassador, said his counterpart in Geneva will start the process early next week with initial consultations that will hopefully culminate in an emergency meeting of the rights council and approval of a resolution authorizing a body ...

Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations to Kuwait

Friday, 20 April 2018

Iraq resumed paying Kuwait compensation on Friday for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War, the United Nations said in Geneva in a prepared statement. The payment had been suspended since October 2014 because of security and budgetary problems the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS. “The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) today made available $90 million to the Government of the State of Kuwait,” the UN said. ...

UN source: OPCW experts unlikely to enter Douma on Wednesday

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

International chemical weapons inspectors will most probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a UN source in Syria told Reuters. A preparatory team entered Douma on Tuesday, but not the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the source added. The inspectors arrived in Damascus at the weekend to examine the site of a suspected gas attack in nearby Douma which killed dozens of people and led to US-led missile strikes. ALSO READ: Syria ...

IN PICTURES: Saudi King meets with UN Secretary General in Riyadh

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has received UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at his office at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Guterres arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday where he met with Saudi leadership. He later held a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir where they discussed the crises in Yemen and Syria. During the meeting with the Saudi monarch, the UN Secretary General expressed his thanks and appreciation for ...

Despite UN warning, first Rohingya family repatriated from Bangladesh to Myanmar

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Myanmar’s government said it repatriated on Saturday the first family of Rohingya out of some 700,000 refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military campaign, despite UN warnings that a safe return is not yet possible.The stateless Muslim minority has been massing in squalid Bangladesh camps since the Myanmar army launched a ruthless crackdown on the community in northern Rakhine state last August. The UN says the campaign amounts to ethnic cleansing, but Myanmar has denied ...

Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya refugee family, says government

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Myanmar on Saturday repatriated the first Rohingya family from nearly 700,000 refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, after months of fraught talks with Dhaka and amid the United Nations’ warnings that the country is not ready for their return. Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete a voluntary repatriation of the refugees in two years. Myanmar set up two reception centers and what it says is a temporary camp near the border in Rakhine to receive the first arrivals. ...

UN Security Council fails to adopt Russian resolution on Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The United Nations Security Council failed to adopted a Russian-drafted resolution on Saturday that would have condemned “the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the U.S. and its allies in violation of international law and the UN Charter.” Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the draft resolution. Eight countries voted against the draft, while four abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United ...

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