The UN, on March 18. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. The UN Security Council on Russia’s initiative, held a meeting on Yemen, discussed the humanitarian situation in the country and efforts for peaceful settlement of the conflict between the government and rebels. This was reported to journalists by the Deputy permanent representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov the meeting, held behind closed doors. The meeting took place against the background of intensified fighting in the province of Hodeidah, where is the main port of the country receiving humanitarian assistance.

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According to Safrankova, the aim was “to encourage the UN to increase its efforts in establishing a real diplomatic process and negotiations.” The Russian side, said the diplomat, outlined his concern that “in Yemen, unfortunately, while dominated by militaristic logic, the desire for isolation problems by military means”. “Warned that the assault on the port of Hodeida will have grave humanitarian consequences,” he said.

As said by the diplomat, the delegations of the 15 member countries of the security Council “spoke with one voice that it is unacceptable to engage in a military solution, you need to find a political solution”. “As we understand it, the Arab countries are also concerned about the situation in Yemen, the humanitarian consequences of the development of the situation”, – commented on zampolpreda of the Russian Federation held a discussion.

Speaking about the work of the special UN envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, the diplomat said that the efforts of the emissary, who spent the last week in consultations with regional countries and other interested international players, “clearly insufficient”. “We want him to play a more active role,” – said Safronov. He recalled that last week the Deputy UN Secretary-General, Stephen O’brien described the situation in Yemen as “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the planet.” “Many members of the security Council we were very grateful that we convened these consultations.”

Presiding in the UN security Council in March, British diplomat Matthew Rycroft following the meeting announced that all the members of the security Council expressed support for the efforts of the special envoy and urged all parties to engage in good faith for peaceful settlement of the conflict. He recalled that “many parts of Yemen are on the verge of mass starvation” and the solution of humanitarian problems of the country is impossible without an end to the bloodshed.

In Yemen from August 2014, the confrontation between government forces and rebels. In the most active phase it passed with the invasion in March 2015, the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia. According to the UN, the humanitarian assistance needs of nearly 19 million people, accounting for two-thirds of Yemen’s population.