‘Saddened at non-extension of truce in Yemen’: India at UNSC

New Delhi: India reiterated its steadfast commitment to Yemen’s unity and unflinching support for the nation’s people on Thursday (local time). Expressing its great disappointment that the country’s warring parties had not consented to an extension of the truce.

On October 2, the internationally recognized Houthi government of Yemen and its Iranian-backed rebel allies broke their cease-fire.

“India is saddened at non-extension of truce”

At a UN Security Council meeting on Yemen, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, stated, “India is profoundly saddened to see that the parties have not agreed to an extension and expansion of the truce.”

According to Kamboj, a “peacefully negotiated, Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political resolution” that prioritizes the welfare of all Yemenis and satisfies their legitimate ambitions is the only long-term solution to the war.

Avoid considering this as a political game

The ambassador emphasized that it is time for the warring parties to adopt a human-centric approach to the conflict and not just regard it as a military or political game. He expressed his appreciation for the Government of Yemen’s commitment to executing the truce accords in good faith.

“We take note that negotiations on truce renewal, facilitated by the Special Envoy, are underway and, we hope that a mutually satisfactory agreement is reached soon,” she said.

India grateful for willingness to consider the Special Envoy’s suggestions

India was grateful for the Yemeni government’s willingness to consider the Special Envoy’s suggestions. It pleaded for Ansarallah (the Houthi movement) to show similar adaptability and cooperate with the Special Envoy in a positive manner.

India also urged the sides to uphold the spirit of the ceasefire and avoid military action or any provocations that would result in the return of active hostilities.

Battle has put millions of civilians in danger

Already, the battle has put millions of civilians in danger of chronic food shortages, added to the suffering of the populace, especially women and children, and caused an unparalleled humanitarian calamity in Yemen.

“We have seen the tangible benefits of the truce in the past six months: active military operations had ceased; cross-border strikes into Yemen’s neighbors had halted; civilian casualties had dropped significantly; fuel imports through Hudaydah port had eased shortages, and international commercial flights out of Sana’a airport had resumed,” Kamboj said at UNSC meeting.

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