The ICRC: Reaching a political solution in Yemen is urgent
The ICRC’s regional director for the Near East and the Middle East, Fabrizio Carboni, said that reaching a political solution in Yemen is an urgent requirement, stressing the need to stop targeting civilians and infrastructure and to facilitate humanitarian tasks.
“The deterioration in Yemen has to end and it requires a set of urgent measures: a return to the political process, a gradual de-escalation of the conflict, free circulation of imports and unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance, in addition to actual respect for the rules of war” Carboni said in a statement on the situation in Yemen.
The Regional Director for the Near and Middle East affirmed that the ICRC welcomed any peace efforts, especially given the depth of the wounds caused by the war for Yemenis. He pointed out that the Committee is ready to provide any necessary support.
“But before we talk about peace, we need a pause to talk about the war, especially about how it is going,” Carboni said, pointing out that attacks in Hodeidah threaten medical facilities and other vital infrastructure.
“While the warring parties are working to reach a sustainable settlement, the Yemeni people can not wait, and now is the time to act,” he said.