Russian Federation blocks UN Security Council resolution on Yemen

Mar 02, 2018, 02:40
Russian Federation blocks UN Security Council resolution on Yemen

Allen said his country was deeply concerned that Iran has failed to take necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply of short-range ballistic missiles, missile propellents and unmanned aerial vehicles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, as reported by the Panel of Experts.

Russian Federation vetoed a British-drafted resolution on extension of sanctions against Yemen, which also condemns Iran for illegal supplies of weapons to the Houthi rebels, and instead brought up its own document to the UN Security Council vote on Monday.

The Houthi movement has been defending Yemen against a bloody Saudi-led military campaign, which was launched in 2015 with the help of the United States and the UK to reinstall the country's former Riyadh-friendly government. However, that draft gained only 11 votes in support, with Russian Federation and Bolivia voting against and China and Kazakhstan abstaining.

The UK draft would have caused "fracturing of security council and sow discord at a time when the Security Council is in dire need of closing its ranks", he argued, adding that Russia's concerns about the divisive nature of the UK draft were "shared by many delegates". Saudi Arabia views the Houthis as an Iranian proxy.

"If we're not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a visit to Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

But Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said the resolution was based on "selective and contentious conclusions" about Iran's involvement in the civil war between Yemen's Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government and would have had "dangerous, destabilizing ramifications" for the region.

According to the report, a missile fired into Saudi Arabia in 2017 by the Huthis was made in Iran, though it was unable to definitively identify the supplier.

The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia's veto.

USA accuses Russia Iran has repeatedly denied arming the Huthis in Yemen, despite claims by the United States and Saudi Arabia that the evidence of an arms connection is irrefutable.

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

After the veto, the UNSC unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted measure to extended for one year the sanctions regime against Yemen.

Iran's U.N. Mission reiterated Monday that it "categorically rejects allegations regarding arms transfer to Yemen".

"Today, the US and United Kingdom attempted to misuse Security Council procedures to advance their political agenda and put the blame of all that has happened in Yemen on Iran by pushing an unwarranted draft resolution", it said in a statement. 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. In his words, Iran has to take responsibility for its actions.