RIYADH, 9th May, 2016 (WAM) — Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, has announced the issuance of Saudi leadership directives to financially support UN-supervised truce and coordination committees for reaching a ceasefire in Yemen and being able to verify it through disbursement of funds to the Yemeni-Yemeni truce committees, in order to continue their work to verify the ceasefire between the two parties, saying that the kingdom is keen on a cease-fire and preventing any violations by Yemeni parties through these committees, supervised by the United Nations, in order to achieve security, stability and peace in Yemen.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Al Jaber said, “The UN envoy asked during the meetings of ambassadors group that their countries provide financial support for the committees of truce and coordination of the cease-fire in order to enable them to complete their work effectively and efficiently to consolidate the cease-fire, and in response to this, directives were issued by the Saudi leadership to provide financial support for the United Nations for the committees to enable them to verify the cease-fire inside Yemeni territories and prevent any breaches by the two parties, especially as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are keen to achieve security, stability and peace in Yemen and to ensure the success of the consultations, provided that these funds be handed to the United Nations which must be the one that spends them on the committees. Al Jaber stressed that the leadership of the kingdom is keen that peace prevails in Yemen and Yemeni brothers reach solutions in accordance with UN Resolution No 2216.
He added, “All efforts are concentrated towards the success of the existing consultations and we continue meetings with our colleagues the ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, as well as the ambassadors of the 18 countries in their meetings with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN envoy to Yemen, to discuss the mechanisms and ways to support Ould Cheikh in his mission fully to ensure the success of Yemeni-Yemeni consultations between the two parties of the legitimacy and the putschists.
The Saudi ambassador to Yemen said that the kingdom has made great efforts for the success of these consultations and included what has been done in the kingdom’s hosting of the Yemeni brothers in Dhahran Aljanoob at the beginning of last month, and seven agreements were signed within the Yemeni provinces and both parties welcomed the efforts of Riyadh, and valued them for its keenness to achieve security, peace, stability and reaching comprehensive and complete solutions, to achieve stability of the Yemeni people, according to UN Resolution No. 2216.
He added that these arrangements for a cease-fire included the appointment of a Yemeni joint military commission of the two parties to monitor the situation in these provinces, and work to prevent any breaches by the Yemeni parties, in addition to another civilian committee whose mission is to open humanitarian corridors in coordination with the United Nations and provide humanitarian assistance and relief, whether the aid is coming from the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid or via the United Nations, so that they reach the Yemeni people, especially since the two sides welcomed the kingdom and the United Nations to oversee the truce and coordination of the committee and reaching this result, a major achievement which has contributed to the success of the Yemeni consultations.
Ambassador Al Jaber said that his meetings with the ambassadors of the Gulf States and the 18 countries, along with envoy Ould Cheikh, extend to sitting down with the Yemeni parties, either individually or collectively, to bring views together for the success of these consultations.
The Saudi ambassador to Yemen said that the presence of Yemenis around one negotiations table in a Gulf State under the patronage of the UN, in accordance with the terms of reference of the Gulf initiative and the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216, and the output of the national dialogue conference, makes him optimistic that the Yemenis will arrive to solutions conducive to the security and stability of Yemen, and leading to peace. He added, “The current consultations among the Yemeni parties must face some sort of push and pull, and that naturally occurs in any consultations on this matter, but the path is clear to all in a single framework, in order to serve the interest and stability of Yemen’s security and safety.”