UN Security Council adopts Russian-drafted resolution on Yemen sanctions

Russia vetoed the British-drafted resolution on Yemen sanctions and proposed its own text in UN which was adopted unanimously with the support of 15 members of the UNSC.

Feb 27, 2018 11:33 IST
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The Russian-drafted resolution on a technical rollover of the Yemen sanctions regime was adopted by the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) on February 26, 2018.

As per the resolution adopted, for a year till February 26, 2019 it will renew the sanctions against designated individuals and entities, and broadens the mandate of a Panel of Experts, which is tasked to assist in the implementation of the sanctions regime, until March 28, 2019.

Britain-drafted resolution

UK-drafted text committed for future action against Iran and censures it for providing missiles and drones to the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Recently, United Nation’s independent experts found that ballistic missiles fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia in 2017 were made in Iran.
During the vote of this UK-drafted resolution in the UN Security Council, 11 members were in favour, the two countries Russia and Bolivia were against, and China and Kazakhstan abstained.

Since Russia is a permanent member of the UNSC, the Britain draft failed to be adopted.

Russian-drafted resolution

The Russia vetoed the UK-drafted text that contained language of Tehran’s "non-compliance" with the United Nation’s sanctions and engaging in acts that threaten the security, peace or stability of Yemen.

Russia’s draft proposed to widen the sanctions against Yemen, but it makes no mention of the UN report's findings on Iran and possible action targeting Tehran.

The UNSC put to vote the Russian-drafted, after the Britain draft failed to get adopted, and it won unanimous support of the 15 members of the UNSC.

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Yemen sanctions

The adopted resolution on Yemen sanctions includes an asset freeze against designated individuals and entities and a travel ban.

Yemen has been in civil war since 2015, pitting Houthi forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces loyal to the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. In December 2017, conflict erupted between Houthi rebels and Saleh supporters, leading to the killing of Saleh.

The conflict is also seen to involve regional powers.

UNSC Members

The Council is composed of 15 Members:
Five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (with end of term date):
Bolivia (2018), Côte d’Ivoire (2019),Equatorial Guinea (2019), Ethiopia (2018), Kazakhstan (2018), Kuwait (2019), Netherlands (2018), Peru (2019), Poland (2019), Sweden (2018).

Source: IANS

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