Vietnam voices concerns over escalating violence in Yemen
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the UN, joined speakers in voicing concerns about military escalations and cross-border fighting in Yemen, while attending a videoconference of the UN Security Council on April 15.
Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the UN (Photo: VNA)
As reported at the meeting, COVID-19 has unleashed itselfagain on Yemeni people, while fighting in Marib, Taizz and Houdaydah is showingdangerous signs of escalating, with the local population and internallydisplaced persons both in the line of fire. Nearly 21 million people in Yemen,including 11.3 million children, are facing the risk of hunger and pandemic.
Participating UN member states called upon the internationalcommunity to tackle hunger and COVID-19 impacts in Yemen and make commitmentsto providing financial assistance to the nation.
They also called on the relevant sides in Yemen not tohamper oil tankers from entering the Houdaydah port, to protect civilians, andto implement the Stockholm Agreement and the Riyadh Agreement on Yemen.
For his part, the Vietnamese ambassador said all concernedparties should immediately cease hostilities and resume the political process,and the conflict parties must stop attacking civilian infrastructure andneighbourhoods and protect the most vulnerable.
The diplomat urged the international community to furthersupport the Middle East country and called on the sides involved to step up theimplementation of the Stockholm and Riyadh Agreements.
In the council’s discussion over the humanitarian situationin the Tigray region of Ethiopia under “any other business”, Quy acknowledgedthe Ethiopian Government’s efforts in facilitating the operation of the UNOffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
He stressed ensuring humanitarian aid is yet to meet currenturgent needs, particularly in West and South Tigray.
Concerning over a report on murders, violence, anddestruction of civilian infrastructure, the ambassador urged the Ethiopian Governmentto make greater efforts in protecting civilians and speeding up investigationson crime targeting the group. He said the top priorities now are to end fightingand start dialogues and a political process./.