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NOTE: This is issued in the United States’ capacity as President of the UN Security Council.
The members of the Security Council met and heard a briefing from the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Yemen. They thanked him for his efforts to bring together representatives of the Yemeni parties for consultations in Geneva, welcomed the attendance of the Yemeni government, and looked forward to the Special Envoy’s continued work to build trust among the parties.
They expressed regret that the Houthi delegation did not attend the meeting in Geneva, despite great efforts by the UN and other States to address their concerns. They welcomed the Special Envoy’s intention to go to Sana’a.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that only a political solution can end the conflict and alleviate the humanitarian suffering. They urged all sides to get behind the process that the Special Envoy is leading, to invest in confidence-building measures, engage in future consultations in good faith and seize the opportunity to de-escalate tensions.
They asked the Special Envoy to keep them closely informed of developments so that they may consider further action as necessary in support of a political settlement.
They reiterated their calls for the full implementation of Security Council resolutions and statements, including Resolution 2216. They reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen.