UN Security Council adopts Russian-drafted resolution on renewal of Yemen sanctions
01 March, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Jared Lewis
Britain initially included a condemnation of Iran in its draft resolution to extend sanctions and the mandate for the panel of experts to continue their work - but dropped it because of Russian opposition.
Instead, the 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a text proposed by Russian Federation and adopted as Resolution 2402 to simply extend the mandate of the regime for one year and not mention Iran.
On Monday, the resolution gained 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was halted by Russia's veto. Negotiations were continuing on Sunday.
It came in response to a report prepared by a United Nations panel of experts, which found that missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels at Saudi Arabia past year were made in Iran.
"If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the US and our partners need to take action on our own". Britain drafted the failed U.N. resolution in consultation with the United States and France.
A British draft, which made explicit reference to Iran failing to prevent its weapons falling into the hands of Houthi fighters, was vetoed in favour of a Russian draft that made no reference to Iran's role.
After the UNSC failed to pass the UK-drafted resolution, Russian Federation proposed its own draft later on Monday, which was subsequently and unequivocally adopted by the UNSC.
The UN experts, however, said they were unable to identify the supplier.
Commenting on the veto, a representative of the USA mission to the UN said that the United States would continue telling the world about Iran's harmful actions until Tehran halts its activities, undermining stability in the Middle East.
The latest British draft dropped the condemnation and instead expressed concern that United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions reported Iran had violated a targeted arms embargo by failing to stop missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles reaching the Houthis.
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Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, adding that Iran believes the crisis only will be resolved through political dialogue.
More than 10,000 people have died in fighting in Yemen that began as a domestic conflict after Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sanaa. With it, the arms embargo for Yemen is prolonged for a year, but no provision is made for measures against the violation of Iran's bans.
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, said: 'The Islamic Republic of Iran wants an end to the aggression in Yemen by Saudi Arabia.
But the United States has accused Iran of being the aggressor and has pressed the UN council repeatedly to take action to punish Tehran.
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