UN imposes arms embargo targeting Houthis

The council voted 14 in favor, while Russia abstained, citing the fact that some of its proposals for the resolution drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states were not included

UN imposes arms embargo targeting Houthis

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo targeting the Houthis who rule most of the country and blacklisted the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader after veto-power Russia abstained.

The Security Council adopted the resolution - drafted by council member Jordan and Gulf Arab states - with 14 votes in favor, but after weeks of negotiations Russia abstained, saying some of its proposals were not included.

"The co-sponsors refused to include the requirements insisted upon by Russia addressed to all sides to the conflict to swiftly halt fire and to begin peace talks," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the council after the vote.

"We insisted that the arms embargo needs to be comprehensive; it's well-known that Yemen is awash in weapons," Churkin added. "The adopted resolution should not be used for further escalation of the armed conflict."

The Security Council also imposed a global asset freeze and travel ban on Ahmed Saleh, the former head of Yemen's elite Republican Guard, as well as on Abdulmalik al-Houthi, a top leader of the Houthi group.

Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2015, 23:05
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