New York

20 January 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Yemen

The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the deteriorating situation in Yemen. He deplores the heavy fighting between Ansarallah armed groups and Yemeni presidential guards throughout Sana’a.
The Secretary-General calls on all sides to immediately cease all hostilities, exercise maximum restraint, and take the necessary steps to restore full authority to the legitimate government institutions. All sides must abide by their stated commitments to resolve differences through peaceful means to ensure the full implementation of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in accordance with the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference and the GCC Initiative and Implementation Mechanism. He also reminds all sides of their obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.
The Secretary-General condemns the kidnapping on 17 January of Dr. Ahmed Awadh Bin Mubarak, Director of the Office of the President of the Republic of Yemen, Mr. Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He calls for his immediate release.
The Secretary-General urges all sides to remain fully engaged with his Special Adviser on Yemen so as to enable him to continue to exercise the Secretary-General’s good offices in close cooperation with the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations Security Council.