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Alimi Calls on Int'l Community to Adopt New Approach towards Yemen

President of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) Rashad al-Alimi addresses the UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2022. (EPA)

President of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) Rashad al-Alimi called on the international community to adopt a new approach towards Yemen and end the humanitarian suffering caused by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

Delivering his speech at the high-level debate of the General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Alimi said that the transformative solutions adopted by the UN General Assembly require consolidating clear values of peace-building based on a stable government and a decisive deterrent to protect and facilitate the political process.

He called for finding alternative options that are equivalent to the power of deterrence as long as fears that the use of force will disrupt fragile attempts to reach calm and the terrorist designation will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe remain.

Alimi suggested that the international community backs the legitimate government so that the values ​​of freedom, peace and coexistence prevail, SABA news agency reported.

He also urged the international community to condemn Iran’s interventions in his country’s affairs and called on member states to abide by the UN arms embargo and prevent it from providing its militias with military technologies, such as ballistic missiles and drones that are used in terrorist acts against civilians in Yemen and other regional countries.

As the humanitarian truce is coming to an end, Alimi affirmed that the Yemeni government has adhered to all the elements of the armistice, namely operating regular commercial flights to Sanaa Airport and facilitating the entry of oil derivatives ships to the ports of Hodeidah, in an effort to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis.

He stressed, however, that the militias continue to block the roads of Taiz and other governorates, refuse to pay the salaries of their employees or release prisoners and detainees.

Alimi added that the militias are also trying to find any pretext to thwart the truce and obstruct UN efforts to renew it and build on it to achieve the aspired comprehensive peace.

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