UK to present draft resolution at UN for Yemen ceasefire: Envoy

October 14, 2016 8:50 pm

British Ambassador to the Matthew Rycroft speaks during the 70th session of the General Assembly on October 13, 2016 at the in New York. (Photo by AFP)

The British ambassador to the United Nations says his country will present a draft resolution demanding the implementation of an immediate ceasefire in , following a recent Saudi bombing of a funeral that killed over 140 people and injured at least 525 others.
“We have decided to put forward a draft Security Council resolution on Yemen calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a resumption of the political process,” ’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said in New York on Friday.
The draft text would be circulated around the Council’s 15 members later in the day and a vote will be expected in the next few days.
The move was prompted after Russia used its right of veto to block a British statement condemning the deadly air strike. Moscow denounced the proposal as “wishy-washy”, saying more “serious thinking” was needed to be done before the UN acted in the conflict.
Remnants of munitions found at the site of the Saturday attack showed they were American made, holding Washington responsible for the role of its forces in the unlawful attack.

The picture, taken on September 22, 2016, shows buildings destroyed during Saudi-led airstrikes in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah. (Photo by AFP)

Washington, along with London, has been a major arms provider to Saudi Arabia, which has been at war against its southern neighbor since March 2015. 
Human Rights Watch has repeatedly documented Saudi use of US- and -manufactured weapons, including cluster munitions, in unlawful attacks in Yemen.
The US continues to sell arms to the Riyadh regime, approving more than $20 billion in military sales in 2015 alone, despite increasing recognition that the kingdom may use the weapons unlawfully.
Three US arms sales in 2015 and 2016, worth nearly $3 billion, involved replenishing Saudi weaponry used in Yemen. Last month, the US Senate endorsed a military deal with Saudi Arabia worth $1.15 billion.
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