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Yemen’s Foreign Ministry Says UN Coordinator Is Biased, Calls For Replacing Him

Yemen’s Foreign Ministry Says UN Coordinator Is Biased, Calls For Replacing Him

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 10:30
Houthi insurgents operate a checkpoint at the southern entrance to the city of Sanaa November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemen’s Foreign Affairs Ministry accused UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick of siding with Houthi militias and violating international resolutions.

An official source at the ministry condemned McGoldrick’s “biased statements”, which “raise doubts about the real goals that the coordinator seeks to achieve and the background behind his repeated stances” in support of the militias, “despite the crimes committed against civilians and continued kidnappings of citizens.”

“The statement issued by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Jimmy McGoldrick, on December 28, 2017 was biased, politicized and unprofessional. It did not address the crimes committed by the insurgents and ignored the real tragic situation created by the militias, which resulted in further violations, confiscation of funds and destruction of public and private properties, as well as intimidation of citizens and the transformation of Sanaa into a large prison,” the Yemeni source said, as reported by Saba official news agency.

The Yemeni foreign ministry went on to call on the United Nations to investigate the “real goals” behind McGoldrick’s statements and to implement changes in the staff of the Coordinator’s office.

“The Yemeni foreign ministry, which believes in the importance of the role of international frameworks working in the protection of human rights, calls on the United Nations to reconsider and investigate the real objectives of the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen and even calls for a radical change in the staff of the Office of the Coordinator, beginning with McGoldrick, in order to guarantee a real and impartial assessment of the abuses committed by the Houthi terrorist militias,” the statement added.

The foreign ministry held “the Iranian militias responsible for the acts of violence against innocent civilians across the Yemeni governorates and for the lack of respect for the principles of international humanitarian law.”

It is noteworthy that the statement of the Yemeni foreign ministry was preceded by a strong response issued by the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, in which it denounced McGoldrick’s statement, noting that the coordinator has violated Security Council resolutions when he described Houthi militias as a “de facto authority.”

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