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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN YEMEN
1. Malaysia is continuing to closely follow developments in Yemen. We are gravely concerned at the safety of civilians and the mounting civilian casualties, especially among women and children.
2. We note that a United Nations (U.N.)-led consultations will be held in Sweden and calls on all parties to agree to a ceasefire in the next 30 days.
3. Malaysia is especially concerned over the prolonged conflict and its devastating and unbearable impact on its people. As of October 2018, the conflict in Yemen has left some 22 million people, which is approximately 75 percent of the entire population, in need of humanitarian assistance. It is unacceptable that the Yemenis are facing multiple crises, including armed conflict, displacement, risk of famine and the outbreaks of diseases including cholera – creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
4. Malaysia joins the international community in urging the concerned parties to the conflict to immediately refrain from any further assaults as to honour the ceasefire, and to allow access for humanitarian aid. Malaysia urges the conflicting parties to adhere to the international humanitarian laws. All parties to the conflict must take necessary measures to protect children, civilians, and civilian objects and to allow humanitarian access to those in need of assistance.
5. Malaysia reiterates its call to all parties in Yemen to return to dialogue without any precondition and in good faith, in order to implement the country’s political transition roadmap. Malaysia trusts that the dialogue would serve as a platform to facilitate the peaceful resolution of the conflict, and return the country to into its state of peace and stability.
6. Malaysia firmly believes that a durable solution can only be achieved through dialogue and a negotiated political settlement, and not through military force.
7. Malaysia strongly supports the call by the UN Secretary-General for all parties to engage in UN-facilitated consultations in good faith and further highlights that the only durable solution to the crisis in Yemen is an inclusive and negotiated political settlement.
8. Malaysia expresses its full support to the efforts by the UN to find a political solution to end the Yemeni conflict.
9. On the domestic front, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is encouraged by the joint effort of Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia and Sinar Harian to establish the “Tabung Bantuan Kemanusiaan Yaman”. The Ministry expresses its fullest support to the initiative. The details about the fund can be obtained from the GPM Secretariat at www.billplz.com/peduliyaman.
4 November 2018