New York

03 May 2016

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

The Secretary-General welcomes the official launch on 2 May of the operations of the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) based in Djibouti, following a request by the Government of Yemen.

The Secretary-General notes that UNVIM has been established to facilitate the unimpeded flow of commercial goods and services to Yemen, while ensuring compliance with the arms embargo established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2216 (2015). It should provide fast and impartial clearance services for shipping companies transporting commercial imports and bilateral assistance to Yemeni ports outside of the authority of the Government of Yemen. He further notes that the launch of UNVIM is part of broader efforts to bring relief to suffering Yemeni civilians, which he hopes will culminate in a negotiated political settlement between the Yemeni parties through UN-mediated talks currently underway in Kuwait.

The Secretary-General extends his appreciation to the European Union, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America for their generous contributions to support UNVIM.