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Saudi Arabia Denounces UN Support for Coup Militias in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Denounces UN Support for Coup Militias in Yemen

Thursday, 2 November, 2017 - 21:15
Supporters of Yemen's Houthi militias in the streets of Sanna in 2014 (AFP)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed on Friday its strong condemnation towards the United Nations committee report in which the UN pledges $ 14 million to the so-called militia-affiliated Yemeni Ministry of Education,.

In a statement published on the Saudi state-owned news agency SPA, Houthi militias were confirmed to be behind planting thousands of mines inside Yemen and on the Saudi border. Consequentially, the Kingdom requested the reconsideration of the report submitted to the Committee so that it reflects overlooked facts and commitment of all UN organs to relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2216, stressing that UN support for Houthi coup militias was unjustifiable and unacceptable.

The kingdom also confirmed that Tehran-backed coup militias in Yemen are in responsible for planting at least 50,000 mines on the Saudi-Yemeni border and tens of thousands of mines in populated Yemeni cities and villages as well as naval mines into the Red Sea near the Saudi border.

Saudi Arabia also said it was surprised and regrets that such atrocities were not cited in the report submitted to the UN committee concerned, considering this as a serious disregard for how these mines pose threat to the security and safety of the Kingdom.This came in a speech delivered by the Kingdom's Permanent Delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) on item 50 on Mine Action.

The Kingdom's delegation showed appreciation for UN efforts, in particular the United Nations Mine Action Service in areas undergoing mine clearance, as well as those spent on to achieving the United Nations Mine Action Strategy for the period 2013-2018 in line with the achievement of the goals of the United Nations Plan for Sustainable Development 2030.

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